At Kāpiti College environmental awareness is now honoured along with sport, academics, arts, and service achievements. At the 2016 school prize giving Billie van den Oever and Natasha Polglase were the first recipients of the newly created Jan Cox Memorial Award for Promoting a Better Environment. Lead Enviro teacher Nicola Easthope says that Billie and Natasha were selected as the inaugural recipients in acknowledgement of their utter dedication long term commitment to the Eco Action Group since it was formed in 2013.
Taking part in beach clean-ups, gardening in the college māra kai, helping at environmental film screenings, staffing many stalls at the Kāpiti Sustainable Home and Garden Shows, Matariki festivals, and college Activity Expos, designed branding for the Kāpiti Biodiversity Project, and presenting to the staff are just a some examples of their work.
The award is a memorial to the passionate environmental work of the late Jan Cox. In her lifetime Jan worked with young people through Enviroschools, and was an alumni of Kāpiti College herself. Initiated by Kāpiti College staff members Catherine Saville (Librarian) and Margaret Jackson (Arts Coordinator) and with the blessing of Jan’s family, the trophy, features a simple beach scene carved into recycled wood, to reflect Jan’s love of her environment.
Billie and Natasha were honoured to be the first recipients of an award, acknowledging everyone who have worked to raise the issue of sustainability and environmental awareness at Kāpiti College to collectively create a culture in the school that allows environmental protection to be celebrated alongside other achievements.
“To be recognised with this award for us means that we are a step closer to a whole school awareness about the importance of sustainability and nurturing our environment. We hope that this award, and the recognition it brings will encourage students to be passionate for the environment.”
|Billie van den Oever and Natasha Polglase were the first recipients of the newly created Jan Cox Memorial Award for Promoting a Better Environment.|