An amazing transformation for Renwick School

More than 600 people turned out to help transform the outdoor area of Marlborough’s Renwick School last Friday in what was one of our biggest Treemendous School Makeovers yet. 

Students, teachers, and members of the Renwick community joined representatives from Mazda and the Project Crimson team, including special guests ‘The Bugman’ Ruud Kleinpaste, and Project Crimson ambassador Boh Runga, to transform the school’s grounds into an interactive learning space for students.

The school planted over 2,500 natives and restored part of the neglected Renwick Community Creek, making it one of the biggest makeovers to date. Pathways and viewing platforms now run alongside the creek and the area is lined with carved Poupou. An amphitheatre was also built as an outdoor classroom where students can go to observe and immerse themselves in nature.

The makeover doubled as a science project for the students, who measured the water quality and recorded creature activity before the makeover. They will re-examine the area soon to observe the changes the clean-up has made.

School principal, Simon Heath, was thrilled with the results of the working bee and thanked all the pupils, teachers and community members involved. “The students and Renwick community did a great job of transforming the outdoor area of our school and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. We’re very appreciative of the all the support and help we received during this project,” he says.
“The new outdoor space is going to be a great learning platform for the students, and they can’t wait to measure the water quality again to find out the results of their science project.”

Ruud Kleinpaste brought along his insect friends and taught the students about native New Zealand bugs and the importance of looking after the environment. Marlborough Mayor, Alistair Sowman attended, showing his support for the community. “It was so great to see all the children at Renwick School taking part in the makeover, and seeing all the enthusiasm and passion for the environment was truly inspiring,” said Sowman.

Andrew Clearwater, Chairman of the Mazda Foundation, said, “Mazda is delighted to be part of the Treemendous School makeovers which are always hard work but a lot of fun. We love to see the children so excited about their new learning space.”

Renwick School was the last makeover for 2015 after Horsham Downs Primary, Havelock North Intermediate and Waikouaiti School.