Porirua Harbour Trust

Teacher Professional Learning

The Porirua Harbour Trust's education programme includes regular professional learning opportunities for teachers in the catchment area. We'd love to see a wide range of teachers taking part in these events, and welcome any suggestions for future PLD content and format, as well as feedback from those teachers who are able to attend.

On this page you will find information about upcoming events, as well as a summary of workshops that have already happened (with related documents attached). 

The Trust's Education Coordinator (Rebecca Logan) is also available to come into your school and run professional learning sessions with staff (small or large groups). These sessions can be catered to suit the needs of your school, and could include things such as: student-directed action projects, inquiry learning, integration of learning across curriculum areas, field trip logistics/advice, information about the harbour's ecology/history, and human impact in the catchment.


Details for teacher professional learning in Term 3 will be posted here soon...


March 2017 : NATURE IS OUR CLASSROOM                  

A day of exploration for kaiako in the Te Awarua o Porirua Harbour catchment. We will spend most of the day outside, in the beautiful native bush on Rangituhi/Colonial Knob, based at Camp Elsdon. This valley contains one of the catchment streams for Te Awarua o Porirua and we will reflect on the effects that human settlement have had on the health of our waterways and biodiversity of our forests. Using experiential learning, we will explore ways to learn in the outdoors, exploring science, social science, arts, numeracy and literacy, in an engaging and relaxing environment. 

CLICK HERE to access the Padlet- it contains all of the relevant links from this PLD, including websites, teaching resources, suggested reading, videos and much more. It is open to the public, so all teachers and community members are welcome to view and use the site. 

If you missed out on this PLD but are interested in similar opportunities later this year, please email Rebecca: pht.education@gmail.com

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Empowering our students to create a sustainable future, through authentic environmental action projects. Guiding questions for the day:

  • Why is environmental education so relevant and engaging?
  • How can I gain the confidence to facilitate student-directed projects?
  • What sort of resources and support are available to schools?
  • What are other local schools doing and can we work together?

The guest speakers were teachers and students from Porirua primary and secondary schools, who shared their environmental action experiences. Representatives from a range of organisations (PCC, Healthy Harbours Porirua, Partners Porirua, School garden/compost educator) were also present, to network with teachers and talk about the support they can offer schools. This workshop was facilitated by Porirua Harbour Trust and Enviroschools, with funding from the Philipp Family Foundation.

CLICK HERE to access the Padlet- it contains all of the relevant links from this PLD, including websites, teaching resources, suggested reading, videos and much more. It is open to the public, so all teachers and community members are welcome to view and use the site. 


March 2016: DOWN THE DRAIN - Exploring Stormwater in the Catchment (Sci, SS and Art)

Join us as we explore the stormwater system in the catchment – how does it work and how can it affect the health of our harbour? The morning will include guest speakers from Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira, Wellington Water Ltd, and the local and regional councils. We will also explore the resources and support available for schools who are learning about the harbour and catchment. The afternoon will be spent with the fabulous Pataka educators, who will guide you through a hands-on art experience to demonstrate how your students could create drain art for your school. Facilitators: Enviroschools and the Porirua Harbour Trust, with funding from the Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Philipp Family Foundation.

CLICK HERE to read a summary of the day and see more photos. 

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Come and explore this amazing natural resource and chat with one of the founding members, Wanda Tate. We will explore the reserve and talk about tips for planning field trips, links to the NZC and the range of education resources available to support teachers. 

To access resources about the reserve, CLICK HERE to visit the Naturespace page. 


August 2015 - Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour: PROTECTING OUR TAONGA (focus on SS/History)

Join us as we explore the history of Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour, and how humans have affected this precious taonga. We will discuss our role as kaitiaki, and how we can support our students to take ownership of the protection of this unique habitat. Guest speakers from Pataka, PCC and Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira will guide you through the rich history of this area, and highlight the key impacts that modern human developments have had on the ecosystems and mana whenua. 


June 2015 - Teacher Afternoon Tea and PLD  (Matariki focus)

This session will be run by the Trust's Education Coordinator (Rebecca) and the Enviroschools facilitator for Porirua (Arihia). As this session falls during Matariki, we will look at how you can incorporate Maori perspectives into your teaching. We will also demonstrate how the newly produced catchment map can be used to help provide students with an overview of their learning about the harbour and catchment (ecology, local iwi/history, human impact, field trips etc). Afternoon tea will be provided and there is no charge for this workshop. 


March 2015 - Teacher Afternoon Tea and PLD (Harbour resources and Student Action)

This session is jointly facilitated by Rebecca (PHT) and Arihia (Enviroschools). We will look at the resources available to help teachers support students with their inquiry and action projects, specifically looking at Porirua Harbour. This will be an informal question/answer session with a few hands-on activities.


November 2014 - Launch of Teacher Education Resource - Introductory workshop and field trip

A full-day workshop for teachers, held at Gear Homestead. The morning was spent exploring the education resources related to the harbour, and discussing how teachers can use these with their students. The afternoon included a field trip component, with visits to Motukaraka Point and Bothamley Park (Kenepuru Stream). 


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