Enviroschools

At Albany Kindergarten

we encourage and empower our children to respect and care for each other and our learning environment. So when we were offered the opportunity to join Enviroschools: Early Childhood programme, we immediately recognised how its values and ideals fitted snuggly with our own kindergarten philosophy and beliefs.

Enviroschools is grounded in five principles;
Empowering children,
Learning for sustainability,
Māori perspectives,
Respect for the diversity of people and cultures and
Sustainable communities.

Nestled next to our guiding curriculum(Te Whāriki), a commitment to te Titiri o Waitangi and Art Costa’s Habits of Mind, the Enviroschools principles weave through our daily experiences and interactions and have seen the kindergarten progress in becoming a Silver Enviro-kindergarten.

These symbols were a concept that the Albany team created as a way of giving the principles a visual identity. You will see these symbols in many forms of documentation at Kindergarten depicting where we see these principles being explored in our learning community. Thank you to George Morris who made our vision for these symbols a reality.

December 2017

A Silver Enviroschool Kindergarten

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Empowering children, Enviroschools, Learning for sustainability, Māori perspectives, Respecting diversity, Sustainable communities|

We are excited to share with you all that we are now a Silver Enviroschool Kindergarten. Last Friday Molly and Sarah Hall were honoured to attend the Enviroschool celebration where the formal certificate was given. [...]

October 2017

One bag too many.

By |October 13th, 2017|Categories: Empowering children, Enviroschools, Learning for sustainability, Sustainable communities|

Time seems to pass so quickly and in 14 or so years, the children who share our kindergarten environment with us now will be celebrating the start their adult years, adventuring out into the wider [...]

August 2017

Every piece of plastic ever made still exists!

By |August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Enviroschools, Learning for sustainability, Sustainable communities|

I remember as a parent 11 years ago when my youngest son started school being a bit perplexed when the school decided to remove rubbish bins at lunch time. They asked children to take their [...]

The Chicken Corner

By |August 16th, 2017|Categories: Empowering children, Enviroschools, Learning for sustainability, Sustainable communities, The Albany Environment|

You may have noticed recently at Albany Kindergarten lots of talk and documentation about Chickens! We are excited to say that in the near future we hope to have our own kindy Chickens! The [...]

Soft Plastic

By |August 14th, 2017|Categories: Empowering children, Enviroschools, Learning for sustainability, Participating and contributing, Sustainable communities|

Did you Know, that New Zealanders use around 1.6 billion plastic bags every year! And did you know, you can recycle soft plastic now? You may have seen these bins in your [...]

From the earth to the table

By |August 14th, 2017|Categories: Community Kitchen, Empowering children, Enviroschools, Farmers Market, Learning for sustainability, Participating and contributing, Paying it forward, Relating to others, Sustainable communities, The Albany Environment|

At Albany Kindergarten we are so fortunate to have the space and resources to grow our own plants and vegetables. As an Enviroschool, on a journey to create a sustainable environment and practices, we [...]

February 2017

December 2016

November 2016

The Albany Allotment

By |November 6th, 2016|Categories: Community Kitchen, Empowering children, Enviroschools, Farmers Market, Learning for sustainability, Paying it forward, Sustainable communities, The Albany Environment|

The heart and soul of any community space is developed and created by the individuals that use the space. At Albany kindergarten, taking care of our environment, developing the spirit of giving to others without [...]

October 2016

Making plans

By |October 18th, 2016|Categories: Empowering children, Enviroschools, Learning for sustainability, Sustainable communities|

Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua As man disappears from sight, the land remains This demonstrates the holistic values of the Maori, and the utmost respect of Papatuanuku, the mother of the earth. [...]