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HJHS Enviro Group

Welcome to the Enviro group page! 

At HJHS we believe that it's important to take care of our environment and to educate others to do the same. Our Enviro group meets once a fortnight to discuss ideas, plan, design and conceptualise projects that promote a better environment for HJHS and the wider community. 

We entered the treemendous school makeover, where students designed an outdoor area that they would like for the school. here's some of the entries!


Keep NZ Beautiful Week

As part of Keep NZ Beautiful week. We went out and helped clean up our community. A group of 11 students hit the surrounding streets and parks near the school. All students were enthusiastic tidy kiwis and reflected on the impact of littering. Two prizes were awarded for best effort and most interesting thing found. Congratulations to Allae Cameron-Morris for finding a set of car keys! And to Matenga Reweti Ngataua for best overall effort! Others items found included clothing, baskets, strange metal objects and a dead monarch butterfly. Spot prizes were also awarded! 


Our Recycling Efforts Paid Off!
By recycling paper and cardboard and logging our efforts with paper4trees we qualified for some new native plants for the school! For every 2 cubic metres of recycled paper we can get one tree. Though last year and this years efforts we qualified for around 50 plants and trees to help make our grounds look beautiful and attract extra bees and birdlife. Here are some photos of us at the nursery learning about and selecting our native plants.  

HJHS Technology (Make a Space, Food) and Enviro group

Have teamed together to design and build a moveable chicken coup using recycled pallets. In having chickens we aim to reduce food scraps, create rich compost and provide education around caring for animals. Students will gain a greater sense of responsibility and will reap the rewards of fresh eggs that they can then use in their food technology projects.

If you are interested in donating chicken feed (corn/layer pallets) or bedding such as hay please contact the school on 07 849 2819 or email laurelb@hjhs.school.nz


Check out the article about our friendly chooks on stuff.co.nz here

EXCITING NEWS! This year Hamilton Junior High school is looking at becoming an Enviroschool. So what does this mean?

The Enviroschools programme supports children and young people to plan, design and implement sustainability actions that are important to them and their communities.  

With a focus on the journey not just the destination, the programme supports long-term participation; lasting changes can take many years to become embedded but every step is a change in itself. With over a decade of development and growth we are hearing people refer to Enviroschools as a movement for positive change in this country towards a generation of innovative and motivated young people who instinctively think and act sustainably.

Enviroschools is a kaupapa

The Māori wordkaupapaencompasses words in English such as foundation, principles, ideology, vision, approach, and philosophy.

The Enviroschools kaupapa is creating a healthy, peaceful and sustainable world through facilitating action-learning; where inter-generations of people work with and learn from nature. It weaves in Māori perspectives, combining traditional wisdoms with new understandings. Importantly, our kaupapa reminds us to be in connection: to love, care for and respect ourselves, each other and our planet.

In 2015 the total number of Enviroschools was approaching 1,000. This network embraces over 250,000 children and young people, their whānau and thousands of their teachers.   By building strong relationships and sharing and reflecting together the network is growing a collective puna mātauranga or pool of knowledge.

Benefits for students:

  • A sense of belonging and contribution
  • Recognition of the different skills and qualities of themselves and others
  • Skills of working together, making decisions, planning and taking action
  • Increased confidence
  • Hands on practical ways to engage with the curriculum and learning

“In the current climate (educational) of a narrowing curriculum, the enviroschools programme gives most of our children opportunities to succeed in areas other than numeracy and literacy.” 


We have started curb side recycling for number 1&2 plastics, tin and glass in addition to the paper and card recycling scheme that we have already have up and running.  If you don’t have curb side recycling it’s easy to pick up a green bin from Waste Management in Frankton for $15 and weekly collection is free.

Why is recycling important?

Recycling is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact on the world in which we live. Recycling is important to both the natural environment and us. We must act fast as the amount of waste we create is increasing all the time.

The amount of rubbish we create is constantly increasing because:

  • People are buying more products and ultimately creating more waste.
  • Increasing population means that there are more people on the planet to create waste.
  • New packaging and technological products are being developed, much of these products contain materials that are not biodegradable.
  • New lifestyle changes, such as eating fast food, means that we create additional waste that isn’t biodegradable.

 Environmental Importance

Recycling is very important as waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment.

  • Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released from rubbish in landfill sites. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste.
  • Habitat destruction and global warming are some the affects caused by deforestation. Recycling reduces the need for raw materials so that the rainforests can be preserved.
  • Huge amounts of energy are used when making products from raw materials. Recycling requires much less energy and therefore helps to preserve natural resources.

Importance to People

Recycling is essential to cities around the world and to the people living in them.

  • No space for waste. Our landfill sites are filling up fast!
  • Reduce financial expenditure in the economy. Making products from raw materials costs much more than if they were made from recycled products.
  • Preserve natural resources for future generations. Recycling reduces the need for raw materials; it also uses less energy, therefore preserving natural resources for the future.