Linkwater Students Leading Change

Empowered students are leading the design and implementation of outdoor classroom spaces and carrying out litter monitoring for their local coastline.

Linkwater School is a small rural Green Gold Enviroschool in the Marlborough region so named because it sits between the Totaranui – Queen Charlotte Sound and the Keneperu Sound. Linkwater students and teachers are passionate about their environment and much of their curriculum is based on students learning about and taking action for sustainability, supported by their wider community.

As part of the Marlborough District Council Edible Garden programme, students have learned how to re-use organic waste, grow organic edible gardens and also eat the produce they make.

Near the end of 2021, Linkwater submitted their Sustainable Outdoor Classroom development to the Lions Youth Award and they won! The Lions Youth Chair noted in her letter to the school how high the level of input from the students was in the design /inquiry process and how the gardens were developed with the children and community in mind.

Students also work with Sustainable Coastlines to carry out regular coastal clean ups and monitor rubbish as part of the Litter Intelligence programme.

Watch this great video to hear directly from the students about their inspiring projects:

The text and images in this article were summarised from these stories on the Enviroschools website:

Linkwater School wins Marlborough regional Lions Youth Award (2021)

Linkwater School's Green-Gold Review (2019)

Linkwater learners share their journey (2018)

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