Rapaura School wins Treemendous Makeover

Rapaura School wins Treemendous Makeover

 Rapaura 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 112 pupil school will have a 400 metre square area, which is currently a wasteland, transformed into an outdoor classroom that will attract local native birds and, through the planting of flax, contribute to a children’s garden art programme.
“We are delighted to win a Treemendous Makeover!” says Helen Williams, Principal of Rapaura School. “Planting a native garden will give children the knowledge and skills and we hope will foster the value of conservation and sustainability.”
The new garden is just one of a number of environmental initiatives the school is undertaking. The school has recently registered with the Marlborough District Council to become an accredited Enviroschool in 2011. The garden will also enable the school to contribute to the local ‘Tui to Town’ project in which the council is encouraging the creation of natural habitat to entice the Tui back to Blenheim.
“It is excellent to see schools such as Rapaura School 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 Blenheim in 2011 to transform Rapaura 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 Epuni Primary School (Lower Hutt).
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.”