SOMEDAY STORIES – Young voices speaking out about the future

Someday Stories is a series of six sustainability-focused short films by young New Zealanders. It is the next phase of The Outlook for Someday sustainability film project. Each film will be 8-12 minutes and made in the first half of 2017 by an emerging film-maker / production team aged 18-29. The completed films will be […]

The Outlook for Someday Workshops 2015

Outlook for Someday is a fantastic film-making competition based around sustainability for students Yr 7-13. Students can register for a free all day workshop at the Outlook for Someday website (numbers limited). They’ll learn film-making and editing techniques, explore what sustainability means to them and make their own short film. Si Williams, our enviroschools facilitator and photographer, will run […]

Newsletter: EfS in Queenstown Lakes

I have been working on a newsletter to showcase some of the amazing work our local schools and early childhood centres are doing as they journey towards sustainability. In this issue read about; Enviroschools reflection sessions at Queenstown Primary, Wanaka Pre-School and Montessori Childrens House Wanaka, who are all now Silver Enviroschools The 2014 Central […]

Making Cardboard Robots

                        Community Networks Wanaka always put on a fantastic school holiday programme. It’s been a while since I’ve run a session for them, so as you can imagine I was rather excited to get back there again. The brief was pretty simple. Let’s make […]

Remote Support

One of the challenges I face in my job is supporting schools that are geographically far away from where I’m based. Thankfully the Internet is really coming to the party to help me out with this. Room 12 from Queenstown Primary introduced me to Padlets a few months ago. The students use this as a […]

Silver Enviroschool

Queenstown Montessori are a very committed Enviroschool, even before they joined the programme they were dong lots of work in order to create a more sustainable future for their centre and students. The were the first Bronze early childhood centre in the Queenstown Lakes District, and have now become the first Silver early childhood centre […]

A very important visitor…..

One of the things I’ve come to expect as working as an Enviroschools facilitator, is to expect the unexpected. It was most definitely the unexpected when I received an email from the National Team informing me that the new Minister for the Environment, Amy Adams, was going to be in Queenstown in a weeks time […]

The Outlook for Someday

For those of you that don’t know, The Outlook for Someday, is a challenge to all New Zealanders under the age of 24 to make a short film about any sustainable topic that is dear to them. It is now in it’s sixth year and is growing from strength to strength.

A day out at QPS and Ben Lomond

Once a year I help arrange a student teacher hui for the Enviroschools of Central Otago, regular readers of my blog will remember last years which we held at Rippon and Te Kakano and was indeed a resounding success. One of the purposes of this event is to bring students and teachers together to share […]

Worm Farming at the Copthorne Hotel

A few months ago during one of my visits to Queenstown Primary, Nicky asked me if I would like to sit in on a meeting with Nathalie McAuliffe from the Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown. Nathalie is in charge of the hotels environmental policy and as part of their sustainable actions they wanted to gift Queenstown […]