St. Mary's attained Green-Gold Enviroschool status in 2019. This is something we are very proud of and has taken many years of hard work and learning from our students, staff & school whanau. As a Catholic School we believe that stewardship for God's creation and protecting the earth, our common home, for future generations is a priority. The kaupapa of enviroschools is integrated with our special character and across the whole curriculum.
The senior classes have been looking after our environment around our school by setting up traps for predators around our Native Tree and river area. They have been checking them for rats, possums and other creatures that are a threat to our native wildlife! Ka pai senior students.
Rerenga Awa - Native Planting Day
Our classrooms took turns going down to the Rerenga Awa to plant some native trees with Mrs McCormick. The children had a wonderful time pulling up weeds, helping dig holes, measure the holes, put the plants in and cover them with fresh bark.
Community Day - Awa Clean Up
We invited our wider school community to come and help clean up the the awa that runs past our school. At low tide, lots of students, parents, caregivers and whanau braved the mud and cold water to pull out rubbish.