Schools 2020

2020 Student projects for Enviro School - This is all student-driven inquiries and work. As part of a whole school enviro- school it was great to see our younger students getting invovled and the leaders supporting them. 

Trading Post 

Veggie Garden Powerpoint 

Native Tree

 Orchard 2.0 

Green House Recycling Experiences

Green house were learning about Zerowaste this term and we decided to look around th school to see how we could reduce our recycling.  We recycle a lot of paper so we thought that we could use the shredded office paper for fire bricks and making paper.  We had great fun making firebricks and the photos are here.  We also used the paper to make our own recycled paper to make greetings cards and the photos of that process are here.

We want to keep as much plastic out of the landfill so we are also an agent for Terracycle Recycling for Writing Instruments (pens etc) and also Oral Care Recycling.  Send them along to school and we will recycle them for you.  


Part of this year Enviro schools are part of a Bio surcirity project. We are currently growing and caring for caterpillars that will turn into butterflies. These butterflies will then be released to eat Japanese honeysuckle. This plant is a weed that grows and takes over sidewalks around our community. We had Hugh Gourly who works for Maanaki landcare trust. He flew up from Christchurch to talk with a group of students that will be looking after them.  

America’s Cup Trophy

experience competition run by Genesis, who are offering primary and intermediate schools across New Zealand the chance to WIN a fun and educational America’s Cup Trophy experience and $3,000 of learning equipment for their school.

We need your help. ..And grandparents, uncles, cousins, friends and strangers. We need everyone to vote once every day. This is how we won Richie McCaw’s visit a few years ago –

So we know we can it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please Vote every day


A massive thanks to GENESIS for this opportunity 

On Thursday, the students of Tauwhare presented to the whole school their inquiry projects in Enviro studies. The students inspired us with the different projects, we learnt about a range of different environmental issues including zero waste, composting, worm farming, coddling moth, tree pruning, ecosystem and the skinks and the upgrading of our vegetable garden and trading post. Enviro schools this year is student lead and they are looking at environmental issues that are important to them.  Here are some of the photos of the groups presenting . What is great is that all students are participating in the different areas of Enviro School as well as presenting back to the school. 

Here are some Home learning ideas that the whole family can get involved with during this lock down.. 

Backyard Ecosystem:




Health and well being :




Kai :





: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X8Ab7Yf1qF5-tZBLWxdpWATJj9FPhHnU/view 







Zero Waste 




                 Here are a few science experiments that you may want to have a go at..


Have a go, let me know what ones you like the most or the ones that worked really well. 

-Miss Slade. 

There is a cooking competition that our students can enter. With some of the amazing recipes and cooking I have seen this week, some of you might like to have a go.... check out this link.

We are lucky enough to have an amazing orchard of fruit around the school. We have brought the classroom outside, with  using our measuring skills we made delicious muffins and ate juicy plums. 

Apple and Rhubarb muffins. 


1 cups Brown sugar

2/3 cup vegetable oil

2 Eggs

3 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup chopped Rhubarb

2 Apples

1 cup milk with 1 tsp. vinegar mixed in.


Have a go at make them. 

Vegetable gardening with Noah Wells

Tauwhare's Enviro group didn't have to go far to find an expert in Vegetable gardening. Noah Wells (Year 3), led us across the road from school to entertain and share with us his knowledge leading us through their family vegetable garden and orchard. Noah has a wealth of information that he shared confidently and inspired young and old with his knowledge and wisdom around fruit and veggies.

National Young leader's Day

Students from Year 3-6 attended  National Young Leader's day in Term 2 at the Claudelands Event's Centre. They listened to inspiring speakers from throughout New Zealand

Enviro-Arts Day

Tauwhare enviro and arts students had a fantastic day at the Waitakaruru Arboretum Sculpture Park.

The children got to make seed bombs from native trees, talk to clay artists, make environmental huts, walk through the arboretum and enjoy the plantings and the sculptures throughout the park. All in all it was a fabulous day!

Tasting Kimchi with Hannie

Hannie shared a traditional recipe with us this week. She made Korean Kimchi and explained in detail how it is done. What a fantastic morning learning not only about traditions but also engaging in discussion around the importance of family and hardship when they are so far away!   고맙습니다 - Hannie!

Riparian Planting at the Badger's Farm

10th September 

All the enviro group visited the Badger's Farm to help with riparian planting of a stream edge. Many hands make light work and the 200 plants were quickly planted. Thanks to Ray Badger (a former Tauwhare pupil) for having us come to his farm.

Planting the summer garden at school

Our Enviro group has been very busy over the past three weeks planting our summer veggie garden. Take a look. We have also harvested some healthy looking cauliflowers. We are looking to some scrumptious tomatoes, corn, silverbeet, radishes, capsicums, beans and beautiful sunflowers.