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2016 Makeovers

The Treemendous team will be visiting four schools in 2016 to carry out their makeovers together with help from the school, local Mazda dealership staff, Mazda Foundation Trustees and Project Crimson. We can't wait to see your visions come to life!

St Joseph's Catholic School, Temuka - 9 April

First up on the Treemendous calendar for 2016 is St Joseph's Catholic School in Temuka, South Canterbury. St Joseph’s will refresh their outdoor area by planting large amounts of native trees to link with existing native plantings. Large boulders will be used to form an outdoor classroom, and a tree hut will be constructed so the children can play amongst the native plants.


Discovery School, Whitby- 7 May

Discovery School will transform their school grounds by constructing an outdoor classroom, creating a lizard habitat and expanding on their existing orchard. Native trees will be planted, attracting birds to the school grounds and a bird watching bench will be built for the students to learn about different bird species. 

Wyndham Primary School, Southland - 14 May

Wyndham Primary will convert a large unused area into a native garden, bush plot and an outdoor classroom where children can learn about native flora and fauna. The space will encourage wildlife to the area, with the hope that the trees and shelter entice native birds. Fruit trees will be planted, teaching the students about the importance of growing their own food.

Principal, Kim Scott says the school has a group called the environment helpers who organise conservation and environment projects, and are extremely excited to get the makeover underway. “Our students are really enthusiastic about the environment and sustainability and can’t wait to see all the native birds the garden will attract. It’s going to be great to see their creative ideas turn into reality.”

Argyll East School, Hawke's Bay - 25 June

Argyll East will continue to restore the banks of the Mangaotai Stream which runs alongside the school and plant more native trees. New pathways will lead to a specially designed eel platform and weta hotels which will encourage more insects to the garden. A display area to showcase the childrens’ art work, predator traps and picnic tables will also be included in the transformation.

“We are over the moon that our school has been chosen to receive a Treemendous School Makeover,” says Mark Thompson, Argyll East Principal. “We’re excited to transform our outdoor area and develop the banks of the Mangaotai Stream, which will benefit the community as well as the school and students can immerse themselves in nature, during both class and playtime.”

 We'll keep you posted on each school's progress!