The Green School Way
We educate for sustainability through community-integrated, entrepreneurial
learning, in a natural environment.
Our holistic, student-guided approach inspires and empowers our young people to be green leaders. The Green School way of learning allows young people to thrive by learning in a purposeful manner.
Learning how to be a changemaker and have a positive impact on the world ignites children’s passion to learn and turns learning from a chore, into a desire.
This is the Green School Way.
Head of School
Born and raised on a rural farm in Canterbury, Caroline will be returning to Aotearoa in April 2021, from Qatar, where she is the current Deputy Head of ACS International School. With a passion for sustainability, the environment, local culture and of course, progressive education, we are excited to have such a mission-aligned educator coming in to guide our young learners and wider community on their Green School journeys.
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. Since 2002, Caroline has been fortunate enough to facilitate International Baccalaureate (IB) workshops, and conduct IB visits around the world as part of the IB Educators Network.
Caroline says she can’t wait to become an integral part of GSNZ by modelling sustainability, while supporting the school’s future creators and entrepreneurs to transform the world by making sustainable choices available to everyone.
Michael & Rachel Perrett
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.
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.
“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
Ooo Le Le, Ooo Le Le, Ooo Le, Ooo Le, Ooo Le Le…