Kowhai School Award assessment 2014

This Kowhai School Award self assessment should be completed by every Trees for Survival school by the due date in order to maintain the schools’ annual ‘Kowhai’ status which shows that the school is achieving the aims and objectives of the TfS programme.

Complete the self assessment and then upload your Teacher Statement and Student Statement as directed. Your completed self assessment questionnaire will be sent directly to the TfS office. You will receive a notification when your application is received.

Details

School
Your Name
Your Position
Your Email

Pupil Involvement

The number of pupils in your school involved in the TfS programme is

less than 15
between 15 - 19
between 20 - 25
more than 25

The pupils referred to above are involved in TfS activities from pricking-out stage to planting day

All are involved in these activities
More than 80% are involved in these acrivities
60-79% are involved in these activities
Less than 59% are involved in these activities

Promotion of TfS student activity in the school

is regularly in student displays, mentioned in assemblies and on the school website
is often in student displays, mentioned in assemblies and on the school website
has been promoted in the school this year
has not been promoted in the school this year

Students are taught about the role of trees in the environment and learn to identify native plants

Within the TfS programme both in practice and theory both in the classroom and in the field
Outside of the TfS programme both in the classroom and in the field
Within the TfS programme in the classroom
Not taught

TfS Teacher Commitment

The TfS teacher promotes awareness of and is proactive on environmental issues within the school

Is not aware or trained on environmental matters
Sometimes
Frequently
Always

TfS teacher communication with TfS by providing

regular feedback of plant counts, trees planted, planting days, activity photos etc
some feedback of plant counts, trees planted, planting days, activity photos etc
some feedback in the past but not this year
no feedback in the past nor this year

The teacher involvement in TfS programme is

Under two years
Two years
Three years
Four years or more

Teacher management (* includes planting targets, pricking out, potting on, planting day date, ongoing plant care (incl. holidays), materials and supplies ordered, mounting displays, school website promotion etc

Most TfS activities* incorporated into school calendar at the beginning of the year and achieved
Most TfS activities* incorporated into school calendar at the beginning of each term and achieved
Most TfS activities* achieved but not planned in advance
TfS activities* not achieved

Engagement with sponsors

Maintenance of contact with school sponsor (provides the school with funding to care for and grow trees) includes

Termly reporting on TfS activities to sponsor and invitations to participate
Annual report on TfS activities to sponsor and infrequent invitations to participate
Some contact with sponsor
No contact with sponsor

Community support (eg. Volunteers, parents, local agencies and local business) during the year and on planting days includes

None of the above involved in TfS programme
Some of the above involved in TfS programme
Most of the above involved in TfS programme
all the above involved in TfS programme

Landowner Liaison

Teacher contact with landowner prior to planting day

sets planting targets, plans the day and health and safety issues are identified
is made with landowner prior to planting day
is made on behalf of the school
No contact made with landowner prior to planting day

Ongoing contact with landowner includes

no contact after planting day
landowner contacts school after planting day but no reports are provided
landowner provides reports and photos to school on plant growth and survival
landowner visiting the school and providing reports and photos to school on plant growth and survival

TfS Curriculum

Teacher uses TfS resources such as the Primary and Secondary School Resource

Don’t use TfS resources
Sometimes
Frequently
Always (i.e. weekly)

Incorporation of TfS programme within teaching curriculum

TfS programme material used across the curriculum including extra-curricular activities
TfS programme material used within environmental curriculum only
TfS programme material used in classroom only
TfS programme material not used in classroom

A school wide environmental programme is:

Embedded in the school mission statement / charter
Promoted in the school philosophy
Being developed
Not encouraged

Your TfS Students:

have horticultural skills such as pricking out, potting on, plant care, fertiliser application, insect eradication, planting techniques and can identify at least 5 native plant species
Have some of these horticultural skills and can identify some native plant species
Have limited horticultural skills and can’t identify many native plants
Are not encouraged to develop horticultural skills

Use and care of the growing unit

The Plant Growing Unit (PGU) or shade house and surrounds are secure and in

Good repair, free of weeds/moss and regularly tidied
Need of repair, free of weeds/moss and regularly tidied
Need of repair, some weed/moss and regularly tidied
Need of repair, some weed/moss and is untidy

The PGU or shade house has

A fully functional daily automatic watering system which also operates during the holidays
A fully functional manual watering system with planned watering during the holidays
A fully functional manual watering system with irregular watering
A watering system which functions irregularly or no watering system at all

Pricking out, potting on, weeding or plant maintenance is carried out

At least twice a month by students
Each month by students
As required by students
Mostly by people other than students

The seedling survival rate from pricking out to planting is about

Less than 40% or don\\\'t know
40-60%
60-80%
80% or more

Teacher Statement

Upload your ‘Teacher Statement’ PDF here. This 300 word statement will include text and images demonstrating how the Trees for Survival programme has benefited your students this year. You are also invited to upload up to three image files of no more than 32MB each which may be used on the TfS website or future communications.




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Student Statement

Upload your ‘Student Statement’ PDF here. This 300 word statement of text and images will show how the Trees for Survival programme in your school has benefited the environment this year and in the future. You are also invited to upload up to three image files of no more than 32MB each which may be used on the TfS website or future communications.




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Survey Complete

Thank you for completing this self assessment questionnaire and teacher and student statements. You will receive confirmation that your application has been received shortly. The TfS Team.

Please make sure that this application is completed and submitted no later than 4pm on Friday 26th September. Good luck and thank you – the TfS team