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Change Making at Springs – News from our Sustainability Groups

Waste Wise

The panel for the Waste Wise Team has been meeting regularly and we have been busy planning exciting events for the whole of WSC/NPoW! Our vision is to become zero waste to landfill, and we want your ideas & help with this. We sent out a survey to all students recently, which is still available for responses. Please fill it out as soon as possible – we are keen to hear about what you think of our vision, and how we can reach it together. Link to survey:

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Clothes swap

We are holding a clothes swap during week 8 of this term, to promote reusing old clothes instead of buying new ones. It is a great way to save money and the environment. We have set our goal this year to become one of the first zero waste high schools in New Zealand and we believe that this is just one of the stepping stones that will enable us to share our message and create a more sustainable school for the future. We have been asking for donations from the students and have had a few other donations from op shops around Auckland, but of course the more clothes the better – they will otherwise end up in landfill and we want to minimise the clothing waste being sent there when they can just be rescued and given another life. So if you or any family members have any unwanted clothes at home we would be very thankful if you would pass them on to your children or personally drop them off into the yellow bin in the admin corridor, outside the Whenua office.

Thank you,

Mia, Rosa & the waste wise whanau

FREE HONEY WRAPS @ Parent Teacher Interviews

Greetings parents and caregivers of students that attend Western Springs College,

Do you find yourself burdened with the guilt of single use plastic? But of course you do! Thankfully we have created an opportunity to get your own honey wrap for free! Hurrah, hurrah! Honey wraps are an environmentally friendly replacement for that polluting plastic wrap. If you are interested, which you are, we will have a stall at the upcoming Parent Teacher Interviews this term.

We will also be giving out educational pamphlets about single use plastic! Boogie on down for the time of your life, and get yourself a ready made honey wrap!

From Stella, Kylie & Imogen

Health Wise

The healthwise team have been busy with organising chill out spaces for students, as seen above.  At the same time we got people to write what Health meant to them.

Over the next term we’ll be running activities for Pink Shirt Day, which focuses on making our school safe from bullying.  We will also have Appreciation day on May 25th.

Starting from Monday 21st we are running Driver’s Licence Theory Classes, for a month, with people from Youthline.  Our focus for this is in keeping ourselves and others safe on the road. Come along to S4 on Monday lunchtime to start learning about driving.

As a preparation for senior exams we will also have meditation and mindfulness on Thursday lunchtimes, from May 31st.

Meola Creek Restoration

Our first working bee of the year was in week 7 term 1.

We were inspired by Sarah Smuts-Kennedy who worked with us during Wises Camp. We plan to map the existing trees on our side of the stream during the upcoming holidays.

Please “like” our facebook page for updates – search for “Meola Creek Restoration”

2018 Stream Working Bees

Saturday 12th May: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Wednesday August 15th: 3:30pm – 4:30pm


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