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Education for Sustainability

Education for Sustainability (EfS)

The Tikokino School BOT, staff and community recognise the necessity of teaching our students about sustainability, and more importantly of giving them opportunities to plan and implement action projects to help our school to be a more sustainable place. By aiming to be more sustainable we mean that we try to plan programmes and promote practices that have environmental, social and economic benefits for the school and its community. We aim to encourage our students to lead in this field; we have a student enviro group – The Tikokino Topsoil Group. This group has representatives from the middle and senior classes; their role is to be the “voice” for their class by bringing ideas from students in their class to meetings and taking ideas from meetings back to their class.

 

 As you come in our school gate you’ll see our;

  • vegie gardens, we sell or give away surplus produce
  • chicken house and chicken tractor where our four laying hens spend their day (they are moved to a different spot each day), we sell our eggs or use them in cooking at school
  • a young citrus orchard and feijoa hedge
  • newly planted and mulched native area with its rock-edged path (this project is a work in progress and will be continued next autumn)
  • pathed off area in “the jungle” to allow trees to regenerate
  • compost bins for organic waste
  • newly constructed garden shed
  • extensive playground where our children can be creative and resourceful
  • children playing and interacting happily
 

In our classrooms you’ll see;

  • recycling boxes
  • GOOS boxes (that’s for paper that’s ‘Good On One Side’ and can be used on the other side before being recycled)
  • signs asking for lights to be turned off when people leave the room

 

You’ll also see;

  • signs encouraging people to use as few paper towels as possible
  • signs asking for food to be kept out of the rubbish bins

 

At Tikokino School we aim to support and nurture our students so that they can become environmentally and socially responsible citizens who are able and willing to think critically about everyday actions and to take action for a sustainable future.