Green Gold for Beachlands
Beachlands School is proud to be an Enviro School. As a school we aim to show our commitment to educating our students about the environment through Environmental Education.
We were awarded the Green Gold award in 2007; one of only a handful of schools in the country that have received this award. In term 3 2010 we will be reviewed as part of a three yearly cycle to determine once again whether we qualify for the title.
The Enviro Schools guiding principles can be seen around Beachlands School through:
Learning for Sustainability
Students learn about sustainability as part of their classroom programme which has lead to the development of our Kaiawa garden, butterfly gardens, weta house and frog pond to name a few. Students regularly undertake projects around the school and community e.g. adopting a stream, beach clean-ups, cockle counting and tree planting.
Our intermediate students are environmental leaders who help organise events and run E.E. meetings.
Each class has two E.E. reps who attend regular EE meetings and workshops; they communicate back to their class ideas for on-going projects and events.
We hold an environmental fair each year to raise funds that are returned to the school for environmental projects. Beachlands School has a wide range of sustainable practises e.g. worm farm, water, recycling/reusing paper etc.
Our four Pou were built and painted by our students and represent our school houses and values. Beachlands School has an active Kapahaka group that represents our school at special assemblies and events.
Respect for the diversity of people and culture
Te Reo Maori as part of our everyday language at school. Shared lunches from other nationalities, showcasing a cultures food, dance and song.