Treemendous space created for brand new Christchurch school

The local community were out in force on Saturday 6 September to help with Pegasus Bay School’s Treemendous School Makeover.

After the Christchurch earthquakes, many red zoned families moved into the Pegasus Bay area. The extra families and the realignment of smaller schools (including 141 year old Waiuku School), created the need for a bigger school, so Pegasus Bay opened at the beginning of term 2 in 2014. This created an exciting opportunity for the Treemendous team to create a welcoming and enjoyable environment for the new pupils at Pegasus Bay School who have had a disruptive couple of years.

Students, teachers, staff from Blackwell Mazda, Mazda New Zealand, and the Project Crimson team; including special guests ‘The Bugman,’ Ruud Kleinpaste and Project Crimson Ambassador Boh Runga, transformed the school’s new grounds into an educational space for students to explore. 

Everyone pitched in to construct walkways layered with crushed shells flanked by native trees and a variety of gardens. The vegetable plots were planted in recycled tractor tyres and the orchard will be home to many fruit trees. The students will be able to enjoy the visually stunning sunflower patches along with butterfly and flower gardens. The new areas created outdoors, enhance the high standards set by the buildings, the first ‘Zero Nett Energy’ school in New Zealand.

“We designed and created a very eclectic garden to ensure it reflects the needs of our pupils and the community, but also aligns with our eco-focus. We encourage our students to be a kaitiaki (guardian) of the school, the wider community and the environment they live in,” says Roger Hornblow, Principal, Pegasus Bay School.

“We’re so grateful for all the support we’ve received to make this project a success. There is a lot of goodwill in our school whanau and wider community.”

Ruud Kleinpaste brought along his six-legged weta friends and showed them to the students, educating them on all the bugs you can find in your back yard. Local Mayor, David Ayers, put on his gumboots and planted some trees, showing his support for the community.

"I’m really impressed with how many community members have shown up to help out and offer their support. This makeover has created a truly amazing environment for the students to learn in,” says Ayers.

Andrew Clearwater, Chairman of the Mazda Foundation, says, “This makeover is one of our most inspiring yet and it’s great to see so many students passionate about caring for the environment. Mazda is incredibly proud to be part of Treemendous School Makeovers.”

Pegasus Bay School was the final school to receive a Treemendous School Makeover this year, after Cromwell Primary School in March, Wainui Primary School in May and Naenae School in June.