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Sustainability

posted 14 Aug 2014, 00:09 by Mike Riversdale   [ updated 11 May 2015, 20:10 by Wil McDonald ]



Definition


Sustainability is the ability to be supported, upheld or maintained.  In relation to the environment it is something that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.  In relation to us, it is engaging in and maintaining practises with cultural, environmental, physical and emotional awareness.


Vision


Worser Bay students are connected and active learners.  They know that their actions have an impact on themselves, others and the wider world. They value and respect diversity and also acknowledge the place of Te Ao Maori as part of what makes New Zealand unique. They have a sense of responsibility to uphold the school’s core value of respect. Respecting themselves, each other and the world around them.

What does this look like in practice ?

  • People work collaboratively, are reflective of our bicultural heritage and the diversity of their community. They ensure that students are all involved in sharing decisions in order to become confident connected actively involved lifelong learners.

  • Programmes focus on learning about the interaction between people and the environment and developing attitudes and behaviours for a more sustainable future. Through taking action students discover why sustainability matters and how to make sustainability a reality in their school and wider community.

  • Sustainable Practices are part of school culture instigated by students and staff to make a more resilient community for the future.

  • A Place is created where students and their community work together willingly to reduce their impact on the planet for future generations to enjoy the diverse and beautiful world we live in.

Sustainability is a key principle in the New Zealand Curriculum and an area we have been building up over the last couple of  years. It's so much more than purely environmental issues, as I once thought. 

People, place, culture, language, sharing  , growing, preparing, cooking , eating and learning together, are vital components as we move towards achieving the vision The gardens, composting, worm farm, beach clean ups, 'down the bank' cleanups , cooking opportunities around the corner, have all been part of this wider outdoor learning/sustainability plan. Insect mounds and weta hotels shouldn't be too far off. 

If you are keen to get involved, please contact Gillian in Tautoru. gmenaker@worserbay.school.nz


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