Previous Green Schools Winners
Waitoki School in Rodney won the Green Awards prize for their planting project that aimed to attract native birds to their school-yard. They wish to enhance the planting project by building a shade-house and set up a drip irrigation system, both to on-grow native seedlings. To see more click here
In 2008 there were no applicants.
In 2007 two schools were joint winners
1. Glendowie Primary School
Glendowie Primary School has been recognized by winning Merit and a monetary prize in Forest & Bird’s Green Schools Awards for its work in clearing and beautifying a local stream.
Under the guidance of Enviro Group teacher Lauren McGuiness students cleaned up the stream bordering the school and a neighbouring rest home.
The students cleaned rubbish and weeds out of the stream, improved water flow, planted native plants and built a pathway along the stream banks and created a mural of the stream environment.
Forest & Bird Auckland Branch Chairwoman Anne Fenn says that one of the things the judges noted was that, because the stream is accessible to the community, the project had the potential to influence other of its members as well as the students.
The $500 prize money will be used by the school for further clearance of weeds from the stream, Anne says. Plans include using the money towards hiring the necessary equipment for this.
2. Wesley Primary School
Wesley Primary School’s recycling scheme set up by students has won a Merit Award and a monetary prize in Forest & Bird’s Green Schools Awards.
Under the guidance of Health Promoting Schools Team teacher Clare Edwards, students set up bins for recycling paper and taught their school to use them.
Forest & Bird Auckland Branch Chairwoman Anne Fenn says the project was innovative, and the judges were impressed that the children did a lot of work outside regular school hours – before and after school and at lunch breaks.
“We were really impressed by the commitment of the students to the project and hope that their prize will encourage them to develop the scheme further.”
The $500 prize money will be used by the school to develop further recycling facilities at the school to compost fruit, Anne says. The school is encouraging pupils to eat more fruit, in their Fruit in Schools programme, and the school wants to have special rubbish bins for waste. It’s a great initiative, she says.
2006 Winner - Otahuhu Intermediate School
The winners of Forest and Bird's Green Schools Award in Auckland have been announced.
The outright winner is Room 12 Year 7 at Otahuhu Intermediate School for the work they have done in planting huge numbers of native plants in and cleaning the estuary area alongside their school. The school students have undertaken to plant 7000 native plants around the school. The students have set up a nursery to raise some plants themselves. They intend to use the $1000 prize money to buy some native plants and identification labels to make the names of trees available for visitors to learn. The judges were very impressed with the documentation that the students had made of their work. As well as the prize money, the students will receive the Winners F&B Green Schools Award trophy for a year until next year’s Award - a wooden shield with the school's name on it.
Close runners'-up were the Year 8 class at Hill Top School in Blockhouse Bay. These students have made a striking mural out of recycled materials to teach about treasuring your trash, have introduced a worm farm to the school, and have planted a Sanctuary Garden there. The judges were impressed enough by the students' work that Forest and Bird have presented this group with a special runners-up award. The students intend to use the prize money towards furthering their conservation work.
Two other entries also won commendation; Mt Eden Normal Primary, for their planting of a rainforest at their school, and St Thomas's School in Kohimarama for their purchasing and use of a worm farm to recycle the food wastes at their school.
Forest and Bird congratulates these school groups for their hard work and commitment to conservation. It is a great encouragement to see such dedication and fervor amongst our youth.
A Summary of 2006 Entries
Mt Eden Normal Primary School years 5 and 6: Operation Conservation Rainforest - Students built a rainforest style boardwalk along the school field bounday. Seeds from trees on the property were used wherever possible and local businesses were canvassed for support. Weekend working bees involving school families progressed the project. A mosaic path was designed and constructed by the children. One of the aims was to provide habitat for birds.
St Thomas's School, Kohimarama years 4 and 5 Worm farm project. The problem of waste management was identified particularly with regard to food scraps and the students installed a worm farm to deal with the problem
Hill Top School in Blockhouse Bay Year 8 Going Green in Room 15 - students included a mural Treasure Our Trash made out of 100% recycled materials, the introduction of a worm farm and a sanctuary garden. Their presentation included a DVD.
Otahuhu Intermediate School - year 7. Trees for survival project - included involving the whole school and local community in a clean up of their street and nearby estuary. They started a native plant nursery, studied native trees at the Manurewa Botanical Gardens and held regular planting and rubbish collection days.
All projects included photos of work in progress and the processes by which each project was developed and carried out by the students. The judges considered all projects to be at a very high standard.