Dargaville school becomes Green-Gold Enviroschool
A Dargaville school has been praised for its emphasis on environmental sustainability, its native plant nursery and its student-led waste management/recycling system, as it has scored the title of Green-Gold Enviroschool.
Dargaville Intermediate is now the first Kaipara school and the sixth in Northland to achieve status through the national Enviroschools programme, a programme designed to encourage sustainable practices in schools.
The students and staff celebrated with cupcakes decorated as riparian plants, to represent the tens of thousands of native plants the school had raised at its nursery over the years and had planted alongside local waterways to help protect and enhance the Kaipara Harbour.
Northland Regional Council’s (NRC) Kaipara constituency representative, Penny Smart, says the council introduced the programme to Northland in 2004. There were now more than 90 schools and kindergartens in the programme region-wide
“It’s only through communities working together that we will achieve environmental successes,” she says.
She acknowledged the hard work and time that went into achieving Green-Gold by the school, its co-partner Enviroschools’ national body Toimata Foundation, and the region’s Enviroschools’ facilitators.
Enviroschools’ regional coordinator at NRC, Susan Karels praised the students, as well as the entire school community, principal Brendon Lucich, deputy principal Diane Papworth (Enviroschools lead teacher) and Dennis Hewetson (school caretaker).