Bayswater School has been an Enviroschool since 2003. Sustainability is a key to our longevity. We integrate the five guiding principles in all learning and action that we undertake. Education for Sustainability has gathered in strength over the past ten years to whole school learning and community involvement. Curriculum driven learning has provided the foundation for all sustainable environmental practices at Bayswater School. We are all encouraged to nurture people and nature now and in the future. We want to all leave Bayswater School with lifelong learning skills and beliefs that will help to maintain a healthy, environment, culture, society and economy.
In June 2007 we received a Silver Enviro School Award and in 2011 a Green-Gold Enviro School Award.
From 2008 we have been very fortunate to be part of Genesis Energy's Schoolgen Programme; a huge and exciting step forward in our sustainable future action plan. From the arrival of our solar panels in 2008, the school has incorporated learning about renewable energy and energy conservation into more general learning. Monitoring how much electricity we are generating and consuming helps us think about energy efficiency and conservation.
Running in conjunction with Enviroschools ethos is Travelwise. We have a well supported Walking School Bus Programme as well as a large number of children who come to school in a sustainable way.
We are also part of the Paper4trees’ Programme which means we reduce our paper waste by using GOOS (good on one side) paper and recycling paper that has been used on both sides.
Regular wai care monitoring at a local stream, as well as biannual beach cleanups are other sustainable practices of which we are proud.
Rubbish free lunches are a norm at Bayswater School and on occasions some classes may achieve more than 90% rubbish free lunch boxes.
At Bayswater School we respect and celebrate diversity. We have acknowledged the unique gifts, contributions and perspectives of individuals and groups through Learning Pathways. Likewise the principle of Māori Perspectives is honoured and sustained through everyday use of the language, stories kapa haka and celebration of Matariki with a community supported hangi or boil up which brings the whole school community together.
We are proud to be an Enviroschool and the Enviroschool guiding principles are embedded in our everyday practice, learning and community involvement. Empowered Students participate in a meaningful way in the life of Bayswater School. It is this empowerment which has children organise events like thermals for Nepal and a bake sale to support our World Vision child. With teaching and learning as our key focus, we endeavour to encourage more innovative ideas which may be pursued by the school or a group of students in the years to follow.