2005: The Beginning
- Silverdale School became involved in Enviroschools.
- A small group of students worked with a parent in the shade house at the old site growing
- A small group of students worked on growing vegetables. This was funded by Special Education.
- Paper recycling began.
- Design planning for the new school site began and advantage was taken of funding available only if environmental criteria were met. This meant that the school buildings, heat, light and water usage were designed in such a way as to take advantage of natural light and sun and the stormwater run off reused. This was in keeping with Enviroschools values and concepts.
- A Design Team of Year 7 & 8 children considered features they thought necessary in a new school – many of these ideas were incorporated into the final design.
- Year 4-6 children researched the pros and cons of Whaling, Year 7&8 children worked with Wai Care to protect the environment around the Weiti River.
- Silverdale School began working towards an Enviroschools Bronze Award
- A group of interested children formed an Enviro-group to care for the environment
- As well as paper, recycling of glass, cans and plastics was put in place.
- Silverdale School became a Zero Waste School
- Worm bins and composting bins were maintained by the environmental team
- A successful application was made to the Environmental Initiatives Fund (EIF) administered by the Auckland Regional Council for money to buy 1000 native plants for planting behind the school in the bush and river area. Planting by an enthusiastic group of parents, teachers and children took place one November Sunday morning.
- Plans for a mosaic tile construction in collaboration with Rodney District Council and local mosaic artist Joy Bell got underway.
- Year 1-3 children studied worms and maintained classroom worm farms, Year 4-6 children researched whether or not to bring the skinks from the old school site to the new. Year 7 & 8 children studied native bush and coastal land formations in preparation for a 3 day camp.
- Silverdale School was awarded an Enviroschools Bronze Award
- A successful application was made to the EIF fund, this time for gardening equipment.
- Donated plants were planted in the bush area and areas of the school weeded on Arbour Day.
- Silverdale School began working with Genesis Energy as part of School Gen and an electronic display board recording the amount of energy being generated was placed in the school library
- Silverdale School became a water only school
- The mosaic representation of the school logo was completed and fixed to the roadside end of the school hall
- Composting and worm bins were set up on the school site and maintained by a small core group of students interested in the environment
- The whole school created pieces for the environment using hypertufa as the medium.
- Year 1-4 children studied birds of the local environment and Year 5-8 children looked at the development of the area surrounding the school and the impact of subdivisions on the environment
- Year 1-4 studied the Rocky Shore and as part of that cleaned up the beach at Shakespeare Park. Year 5-8 participated in the national Coastal Clean up by picking up rubbish around the estuary and have done studies on conservation, regional parks and marine reserves.
- World Environment Day 5.6.08 - celebrated as an Arbour Day with planting of trees and weeding of gardens – involved parents, children and staff. (approx 150 plants planted)
- Genesis Energy – Maggie Twaddle is working with the school – a group of children as ambassadors as part of School Gen and are involved in presenting at assembly to the whole school.
- Plans are underway for a group of senior children to build and plant a vegetable garden as part of their withdrawal group.
- Silverdale School is in contact with RDC and North Tec re building organoponica gardens in the staff car park garden for teams / classes to be involved in planting and maintaining vegetable and flower gardens. Applications for funding will be placed with RDC.
- RDC involved with planting of the bush area and building of walkways to provide a nature trail out the back of the school.