Normandale School is an Enviroschool. This means that we have made a commitment to creating a sustainable school and environment for our students and community.
Enviroschools embraces 5 guiding principles:
Empowered Students are enabled to participate in a meaningful way in the life of their early childhood centre or school. Their unique perspectives are valued for the knowledge and insight that they bring, and they are supported to take action for real change.
The principle of Learning for Sustainability recognises the types of teaching and learning that foster student empowerment, decision-making, action and sustainable outcomes.
The principle of Māori Perspectives honours the status of tangata whenua in this land and the value of indigenous knowledge in enriching and guiding learning and action.
Respect for the Diversity of People and Cultures acknowledges the unique gifts, contributions and perspectives of individuals and groups, reinforcing the need for participatory decision-making in Enviroschools.
Sustainable Communities act in ways that nurture people and nature, now and in the future, to maintain the health and viability of our environment, society, culture and economy.
We include our enviroschools philosophies into our curriculum. We have buried waste items to find out what happens to them in landfill, made our own paper out of recycled materials, used clay from papatunuku to make our own clay taniwha, explored how electrical circuits work, whilst thinking about our own energy uses for Earth Hour.
We are always looking for community help and support, so if you have a great idea for us, or think that you can lend a hand, please contact Faye Rhodes
We have undertaken many initiatives such as:
We enjoy working as a community to tackle areas in our school that need attention. We have recently built our own bug hotel and cleared back a garden area in readiness for planting.
We are the proud caretakers of our school orchard. We have plum, apple, pear, feijoa and citrus trees.
We trap predators of our local flora and fauna. Our year 6 team work with Zealandia to report their findings.
We compost all of our food scraps through our worm farm and our compost bin. We use these to feed our school garden.
We held an ‘enviroday’ to kick start our zerowaste lunchbox campaign. During the day we looked at items we could include in our lunchboxes, we made beeswax wraps, our own tote bags to take to the shops and our own homemade gifts.