Eight schools join in one-day enviro hui

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

The love of science and the study of energy were the main topics of the one-day enviro hui undertaken by Enviroschools at Clutha Valley School last week.

Funded locally by the Clutha District Council since 2009, Enviroschools is a nationally facilitated programme that provides opportunities to empower children and young people to work in intergenerational ways to create healthy, peaceful and resilient communities.

The programme involves a devotion from the entire school and its community to foster understanding and adoption of environmental principles.

There are nine Enviroschools in the Clutha district and eight of them came together last week to conduct a series of fun activities based around energy.

Regional co-ordinator for Enviroschools Robyn Zink said about 40 children and teachers attended the one-day hui organised by the combined district and regional councils.

“They all learned how to use energy wisely, to create sustainable fuels as they experimented with heat, wind, sound and water.

“It was also a day for the upskilling of their science teachers who will hopefully then take these new skills back to their schools and pass them on other teachers.”