Our Community

Imagine a school where nature IS the classroom, where learners are educated for sustainability and given the skills they need to be change makers … not in the future, but NOW.

Welcome to your first glimpse of Green School. From wherever you are in the world, we invite you to explore what Green School offers to students, their families, the community and the world. Take a little time to look at all that we are able to share with you here.

Staff

Caroline Rennie

Caroline Rennie

Head of School

Born and raised on a rural farm in Canterbury, Caroline is a worldly educator with passion for sustainability, the environment, local culture and of course, progressive education. We are thrilled to have such a mission-aligned educator guiding our young learners and wider community.

Caroline completed her undergraduate degree in Languages and Literature at the University of Waikato, before completing her educational training at Auckland College of Education. She completed her Masters through the Education University of Hong Kong. Caroline’s first international experience was in the South Pacific, where she spent 10 years of her formative educational life in Fiji with her family, experiencing social change and local initiatives that linked development and environmental stewardship. Career and international leadership opportunities then led her to Japan, South Korea and China, before her most recent role in Qatar. 

Caroline loves that her role at GSNZ enables her to support the school’s future creators and entrepreneurs to transform the world by making sustainable choices available to everyone.

Whaea Di

Whaea Di

Heart of School

Whaea Di has been on the Green School in New Zealand journey since day dot as one of our founding teachers. She is a passionate educator and strongly believes it is an educator’s task to enthuse, motivate and empower students in discovering and achieving their personal potential. Creating and developing positive relationships is at the forefront of her practice, as is providing an environment where students feel emotionally safe and positive.

Di’s current role is as our Heart of School, which is both a crucial and incredibly special role at Green School New Zealand. In this position, Di is responsible primarily for learner support, learner transition, building relationships (including a School Community Network), wellbeing of students, staff and community, and school-wide events to ensure that we work towards a positive and thriving community.

Di is mum to two young boys, Kupa and Kyan, and the proud wife of Phil. Nicknamed Whaea Dancing Di she sure knows how to get people in the zone. Look out for her dance moves in assembly!

She thrives on supporting Green School students in gaining the skills they need to help them thrive personally, in this ever-changing world.

Michael & Rachel Perrett

Michael & Rachel Perrett

Founders

We have a deep calling to bring joy into schools. At Green School Bali, we watched our own children, and others, come alive with confidence, awareness, happiness and presence. This drove a deep desire within us to make the Green School experience available in our home country of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

We live in a rapidly changing, increasingly connected world. A world of huge environmental threats and massive entrepreneurial opportunities. To survive and thrive in this new technological reality, our children – the leaders of the future – need to be adaptive, creative and resilient. They need to know themselves, connect with their passions, their community and their core purpose so they can engage with optimism, inventiveness and joy.

At Green School, we believe that three simple rules should underlie every decision in life: be local, let your environment be your guide, and envisage how your grandchildren will be affected by your actions.

Welcome to Green School New Zealand. Welcome to the Green School Way of learning.

Advisory Board Members

Lesley Meyer

Lesley Meyer

Chief Education Officer - EiM Global

Francis Ho

Francis Ho

Strategic Business Development Director - EiM Global

Adam Harris

Adam Harris

Founder of Frank and Fearless & GSNZ Parent Rep

Harvey Dunlop

Harvey Dunlop

Director - TSB New Zealand

Perya Short

Perya Short

Director - So Fong Consulting Services

Malcom Bell

Malcom Bell

Director - LGSD Facilitation Services

Charlie Maddox

Charlie Maddox

GSNZ Year 8-10 High School Business/Enterprise Teacher & Staff Rep

Whaea Maata Wharehoka

Whaea Maata Wharehoka

Ngāti Tahinga, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Apakura, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Kuia

Please find the bios of our Advisory Board members available here.

“Green School holds onto and cherishes the best of traditional curriculum and methodology, but also acknowledges the demanding call of the future and is responding with courage, imagination and innovation.”

Chris Edwards (Green School International)

The Green School New Zealand song

Everyday here is Earth Day

Gonna make a difference, that’s why we came here

Planting seeds it’s a Birthday, we create the future

That’s why we came here

Green School in Aotearoa

Where the Earth is our Teacher and her care is our song

Green School from our Waka we Journey

What we learn from these Islands we are passing along

We are children of the Earth TAMARIKI

We are Guardians of the Earth   KAITIAKI

We are Warriors of the Earth E MANAAKI

And this is our Green School Song

We sing 

Ooo Le Le, Ooo Le Le, Ooo Le, Ooo Le, Ooo Le Le…