EFS and the Green Team

Pukekohe Hill School is a Silver Level Enviroschool. This page will be updated with current events, and information about what we are doing in our mission to move towards greater environmental sustainability.

Rongoa Garden

Enviro Group 2017 photos

This is our new Enviro Group for 2017.

Our Enviro Group has met together to brainstorm goals and ideas to work on over 2017.

Our first goal is to care for our Rongoa Garden.

New signs purchased for our Rongoa Garden trees. Next step is for the children to inquire into how we can display the signs in or around the garden.

Guinea Pigs

We have some very special visitors at Hill School at the moment. Henry, Marshmallow and Munchkin are really enjoying the attention they get from the children at Hill School.

Our responsible monitors are making sure that the guinea pigs are well cared for and check that they always have plenty of water, food and a nice clean bed of straw.

You'll find the guinea pigs outside in their little run on a fine day getting plenty of love and attention.

Eye on Nature Trip 2017

The Enviro group had a great time at the Eye on Nature trip to the Botanical gardens in week 8 despite the torrential rain!

The children learnt all about native trees, birds and insects and the importance of looking after our native treasures.

They enjoyed learning about lots of different plants, and where some of our food comes from. The children discovered that they can make healthy choices when making their own school lunches.

Check out one of the awesome responses to our trip from Rhiah and Mekenzy! It's buzztastic!!

Bee project

Soft Plastic Recycling at Hill School

We are making a difference at Hill School this term! Soft Plastic Recycling is well under way in the Junior School and now the Middle School and Senior School want to get involved. Our concept this term is Resources and the students at Hill School have been learning about the different ways we can recycle every day things. We already recycle paper and cardboard throughout the school and the Junior school are great at recycling yoghurt pots. We also recycle banana skins which go into the schools compost bins. We've done some research and discovered that soft plastics can be recycled at Pac n Save, Countdown and The Warehouse.

Captain Soft Plastic came to one of our whole school assemblies and taught us what we can recycle in the soft plastic bins and what we can't.

Captain Soft Plastic shows us how to recycle soft plastics.

Want to try it at home and make a difference too? Check out our Soft plastic poster which shows you what you can and what you can't recycle as a soft plastic.

Did you know that soft plastics are recycled into plastic lumber that is used to make park benches, backyard decks and fences – even playground equipment! They also can be recycled into new plastic bags – and then recycled again

Remember that all packets must be empty

Soft plastic Recycling Poster

Outdoor Classroom at Hill

You may have noticed some exciting developments at Hill School this week. The Enviro team have been working hard to design a special outdoor classroom which is slowly taking shape outside the office block.

In Term 2 the Enviro students worked on ideas and designs which were sent to the project group and the PTA. Their persuasive ideas enabled us to receive enough funds to get the project well under way.

Over time we will be planting alongside the brush fencing and developing the space so that every class can spend time in the outdoor classroom learning about native plants, trees, birds and insects.

Keep an eye on what's happening next!