Philosophy

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.

Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards

CEO

Chris Edwards was educated at Merchant Taylors’ School in Liverpool UK, before studying English Language and Literature at Oxford University in 1983 where he gained a First Class Degree.

Chris subsequently began a teaching career that in its first 10 years saw him in Australia, Southeast Asia, Brazil and the UK. In 1998 he was appointed Deputy and later Acting Head of Stowe School in the UK, and in 2004, Chris became head of 500-year-old Bromsgrove, one of the UK’s largest independent schools which, during his tenure, established a foundation, widened its access to young people from all social backgrounds and eventually comprised of a student body from 45 different nations.

After the happiest of decades in such a forward-looking environment, Chris left for Singapore in 2014 to become Head of College at the United World College of South East Asia, the largest international school in the world. He was also a member of the United World College International Board.

Chris enjoys music (playing and writing), reading, walking and following the misfortunes of Everton Football Club.

Chris is married to Rachel who is also a senior educator.

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.

Caroline Rennie

Caroline Rennie

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.

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.

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

Chris Edwards