Epuni Primary School wins Treemendous Makeover


Epuni Primary School wins Treemendous Makeover
Epuni Primary School is one of four schools selected nationwide to receive a Treemendous School Makeover – a joint initiative by the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson Trust.
The 120 pupil school will have the area connecting the school to Epuni Kindergarten enhanced next year with native plants and a walkway designed in the shape of a Koru.
Bunnie Willing, Principal of Epuni School, says the school hopes the area will also become an outdoor environmental classroom where children can learn about native plants and wildlife.
“We’re delighted to win a Treemendous Makeover!” says Willing. “The makeover area is currently underutilised, particularly in winter when it becomes very muddy. We hope to transform it into an area both the school and the wider community can use and enjoy.”
The school has taken part in a number of environmental initiatives locally including the Trees for Survival project in conjunction with the Greater Wellington Regional Council, where they raise native seedlings until they are mature enough to be planted on the banks of the Waiwhetu Stream. The school hopes to plant some of these seedlings in their new garden next year.
“It is excellent to see schools such as Epuni Primary placing an emphasis on environmental education,” says Andrew Clearwater, Chairman for the Mazda Foundation. “Through the Treemendous programme we have created 11 outdoor classrooms and we’re looking forward to visiting Lower Hutt in 2011 to transform Epuni Primary School’s grounds.”
The parents and school community are confident of a good turn out for the makeover when they join forces with the Treemendous Team in the New Year.
The three other schools selected for a Treemendous School Makeover this year are Spotswood Primary School (New Plymouth), Westshore School (Napier) and Rapaura School (Blenheim).
Bridget Abernethy, Executive Director for Project Crimson, said the calibre of the applicants was extremely high.
“It’s fantastic to see so many schools applying for the Treemendous programme. The judging process certainly wasn’t easy with the schools that applied putting so much creativity into their entries.”