Congratulations to Kihikihi Kindergarten for their attainment of the Enviroschools Silver holistic reflection. The Silver paragraph states that “projects and participants are growing in number, maintaining increasing range and depth of learning and action, extending, developing connections and integration.”
The team reflected on their growing whānau and tamariki engagement in sustainable practices, parents contributing their knowledge of horticulture and tamariki monitoring their water usage and the creation of fire bricks from the Kindergarten’s recycled paper. Community relationships with the Maori Women’s Welfare League and Raukawa Trust are building from strength to strength; the Kindergarten pepeha was developed with the support of Maniapoto/Ngati Apakura.
As with many Central Kids services in He Piko he Taniwha, Paul Murray from Para Kore has a strong working relationship with Kihikihi tamariki and kaiako, sharing and encouraging their sustainability journey. Kihikihi’s sustainable practices of replacing paper towels with Mum2Mum handtowels have resulted in a significant cost saving and children are contributing to the management of the laundry! Many ideas are percolating for the future – foraging local edibles, researching environmentally friendly detergents, creating truly child led actions for sustainability and ensuring community aspirations and outreach are well embedded in the kaupapa of Kihikihi Kindergarten.