Friday, 30 September 2016


The Enviro Team have been busy with their ongoing education to classrooms to reduce, reuse and recycle rubbish. All the classrooms have a bokashi bucket or access to one for all our food wastage. Fruit scraps continue to be collected for our worm farm.

Last semester the students performed a play in front of the whole school sending a message to our school community how to care for our environment and reduce wastage. This was well received.

In August we had our annual waste audit and what an improvement. Last year there was 50.7 kg of waste this year in 2016 -8 kg of waste. Over 4 kg was made up of food scraps. Well done Ashgrove School we are thrilled with these results.

Our Enviro gardens have been resown with plants ready for summer produce. The teams are in the process of planting their produce which is exciting to see.

The Santa's Grotto committee has asked the Enviro Team to make an igloo out of milk cartons so watch this space and we will post a picture of it once completed. This igloo will be a part of the Santa's Grotto at Christmas time. The structure will be plenty big enough to fit a few people inside it.

We are running our annual potato growing competition so good luck to the potential winners of this competition. Weigh in day is on the 1st of December. The money collected goes directly into the Enviro Team fund and reinvested into the school gardens/projects the Enviro Team are running.

Each term every team has a duty roster for collecting rubbish around the school and encourages everyone to take responsibility and to keep our environment clean and green.

Great effort to the Enviro Team you are amazing influential students and making a great difference in our school.

Thank you.

Sharon Heeman

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Enviro Team celebrate Bronze at the Lincoln Events Centre.

On Friday 20th November 2015 the Enviro Team, Mrs Chadwick and Mrs Heeman attended the Enviro Schools ceremony. This was a very special occasion to receive the Bronze award.
A special thank you to Toni Watts (Enviro facilitator) supporting us with this process. 

Monday, 7 September 2015


Ashgrove School is now a Bronze Enviro School!

On Wednesday 2nd of September 2015 the Enviro Team met with Andrea Taylor (Enviroschools co-ordinator and Toni Watt (Enviroschools facilitator).
Our guests were welcomed by Ashgrove school's Kapa haka group which was incredible and a proud time for everyone present.

The Enviro students welcomed Andrea and Toni into our library.

We spent the morning reflecting on the 5 guiding principles and how this is evident through our school.  All the students participated in this process and worked together as a team and were outstanding.

Please celebrate this incredible achievement and we are so fortunate to have such hardworking dedicated students that want to make a difference to their environment.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Projects for Term 3- 2015

On Thursday 6th August we conducted a waste audit on our school.
A great effort with many students from different classes gathering the waste in our school in preparation for the audit.
During the morning the Enviro Team were busy painting  the mural on the fence behind the gardens.
At 12 noon we met Toni Watts and commenced our audit.
There was rubbish all over the place and what fun we had!
We were shocked to see how much rubbish is collected in 1 day. This provides accurate data for us to implement an action plan to do something about it.
Collected was a large container of empty packets that is unable to be recycled, a large container of left over food that is being wasted.
We really enjoyed our day and a big thank you for Toni Watts the Enviro Schools facilitator for assisting us with this audit.
Results can be viewed in our library.

Upcoming projects/events:
Action plan:
 -Promote rubbish free lunch boxes
- Remove the 2 rubbish bins we have at school to decrease the amount of rubbish within our school
- Continue to educate students and the school community
- Bronze reflection 3rd September 9am-12.30pm.
- Fundraising project
- Plant seeds in our gardens
- Complete garden signs
- Make recycled seating out of tyres
-Paint a base coat on the rest of the fence behind the team gardens
-Trip to Southbrook refuse Station

Plastic bottle caps
Vinyl/waterproof material 
Foam for seating
Car Tyres
Treated plywood
Plants for the gardens
Flower plants 

We would appreciate your help and if you have some spare time please come and see Mrs Heeman in Room 6.

Please come and have a look and any ideas appreciated. We have a suggestions box in the library.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Scarecrow gardens for Ashgrove School

Hi everyone,
The Tipu team have been super busy making scarecrows for the gardens. Thank you and they look fabulous.
The Enviro Team and Mr Eason have placed them securely into the ground and are now a permanent fixture to our environment.
Here are some photos of what it looks like now...

Monday, 18 May 2015

Ashgrove School Enviro Team

Welcome to the Ashgrove Enviro Team 2015!

We have 22 students that represent the Enviro Team. Our students are motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated towards caring for our environment. They are leaders that want to make a difference.

Ashgrove School is an Enviro School and we are passionate about embracing our new knowledge and skills and sharing this journey with you.

We will keep you updated with what is happening around the school and the changes that are taking place to make our environment more sustainable.

Come and visit us. We look forward to hearing your ideas.

Our current projects:
- 5 new gardens built for each team
-irrigation installed
-painting of fence
-Litter Patrol for each team roster
-Bokashi buckets-monitoring and maintenance
-Fruit scraps-monitoring and maintenance
-Worm Farm-maintenance
-Education about reducing the litter
-Milk distribution-Frontera Milk-ongoing
-Adding art and creations(whole school)
-Working towards Bronze as an Enviro School
-Vision Map- Please check out our library where you can learn all about us.
-Education about the vision map to the whole school.