Sunday, 15 November 2015

Our Silver Reflection.

We walked around the school and discussed the many activities that we have been involved in . We sorted the ideas into the Enviroschools categories and also added next steps our school vision map. Then we did a final process to decide if we had enough evidence to be confident we had reached Silver Level. We all agree we had! So we had some (homemade) cupcakes, decorated in Green icing with Silver balls, to celebrate! We are very proud of all we have achieved.





Yay! We got to Silver!

The Green Team are proud to announce that Otonga School is now a Silver Level Enviroschool. We have shown evidence that we have embedded practises that cover areas such as Environmental Learning in the classroom, Practical Sustainability Actions around the school, Students feeling empowered, Working with other community groups, Including Maori Cultural beliefs and Being aware of the needs of different groups of people. We were consistently strong across all areas. 
Thank you to those parents who responded to our survey, this was also helpful evidence, and the results showed that our Environment is important to us as a school community. The results of the survey and also lots of videos of our work is on our Green Team page, just off the front page of our school website. 
The school will receive a special sign to display our new status, at one of our final assemblies of the year. 
While we always have room for improvement, and we have many more ideas to come, I do hope that you enjoy our fantastic grounds and the many projects that have enhanced our school environment and beyond. 
Thank you to the parents, teachers, Board of Trustees and school leadership that have been part of our successful journey.

I will add some photos of our day, soon. 

Results of our Parent Survey



. Before hearing about this survey did you know Otonga School was part ofthe Enviroschools Programme?

  • Answered: 40 
  • Skipped: 0

YesNoI am not sure
0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%

Yes
72.50%
29

No
27.50%
11

I am not sure
0.00%
0
Total40

How would you describe your attitude to Otonga School being part of theEnviroschools Programme?

  • Answered: 40 
  • Skipped: 0


Very
supportive
SupportiveNeutral
Have concerns
about it
Don't know
enough about...
0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%

Very  supportive
55.00%
22

Supportive
27.50%
11

Neutral
5.00%
2

Have concerns about it
5.00%
2

Don't know enough about the programme
7.50%
3
Total40

Has your child told you about any of the environmental things he/she has beenlearning about? (This might include:  recycling, composting, wormfarms, native animals, insects, gardening, natural features in your area, energy, water, Māori views of the environment etc).

  • Answered: 40 
  • Skipped: 0

YesNo I am not sure
0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%

Yes
77.50%
31

No 
20.00%
8

I am not sure
2.50%
1
Total40

How important is it to you for your child to learn about the Natural Environment and take part in practical activities that support that learning?

  • Answered: 39 
  • Skipped: 1

Very important
Somewhat
important
Not important
0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%

Very important
84.62%
33

Somewhat important
15.38%
6

Not important
0.00%
0
Total39

To what extent have your child’s experiences at Otonga School, and yourcontact/interaction with the school, influenced your family towards moreenvironmentally friendly practices?

  • Answered: 39 
  • Skipped: 1


Significant
influence, h...
Mostly it has
reinforced w...
It has not
made any...
0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%

Significant influence, has inspiredus to make changes
23.08%
9

Mostly it has reinforced what wewere already doing
66.67%
26

It has not made any difference tous
10.26%
4
Total39

What actions would you like to see continue at Otonga School in the future to teach Environmental Sustainability and respect for Nature in our students?

  • Answered: 39 
  • Skipped: 1


Worm Farms for
Fruit Scraps
Tree planting
to support...
Bee and
Butterfly...
Paper and
Cardboard...
Education
about Litter...
Water Quality
Science...
Energy Saving
Education
Gardening
skills and...
Respect and
Knowledge ab...
Interacting
with the...
0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%

Worm Farms for Fruit Scraps
92.31%
36

Tree planting to support Native Birds
89.74%
35

Bee and Butterfly habitats
79.49%
31

Paper and Cardboard Recycling
89.74%
35

Education about Litter and Pollution
79.49%
31

Water Quality Science Investigations
66.67%
26

Energy Saving Education
87.18%
34

Gardening skills and plant knowledge for children
82.05%
32

Respect and Knowledge about Maori and other cultures perspectives on Environment
64.10%
25

Interacting with the Community e.g. Rotorua Lakes Council, DOC, Local community
69.23%
27
Total Respondents: 39

What new actions would you like to see develop at Otonga School to teach our children about Environmental Sustainability and develop a respect for Nature?

  • Answered: 38 
  • Skipped: 2

17 (44.74%)
Solar Panels
Further Native
Bush Areas
Vegetable
gardening
Insect
habitats for...
Growing our
guardianship...
0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%

Solar Panels
42.11%
16

Further Native Bush Areas
44.74%
17

Vegetable gardening
71.05%
27

Insect habitats for studying insects
60.53%
23

Growing our guardianship of our local stream and park (Jackson Park) 
57.89%
22
Total Respondents: 38

How important is having a great natural environment for children to explore (school grounds and beyond) to the identity of Otonga School?

  • Answered: 38 
  • Skipped: 2

Very Important
Somewhat
important
Not important
at all
0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%

Very Important
84.21%
32

Somewhat important
15.79%
6

Not important at all
0.00%
0
Total38



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