Spotswood Primary School wins Treemendous Makeover


Spotswood Primary School wins Treemendous Makeover
Spotswood 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 324 pupil school will have an outdoor classroom area completed which they began developing in 2004, as well as upgrading a shaded grassy area off the school’s field.
“We are thrilled to win the Treemendous Makeover,” says Allan Day, Principal of Spotswood Primary School. “We are encouraging our students to develop a healthy interest in the environment and understand how they impact upon it and how it can affect them.”
The school has been busy in recent years clearing an area in a gully on the school grounds and transforming it into a classroom with a small lake and seating for the students. Around 800 native trees and grasses have been planted however one bank still requires planting.
In addition to this planting, the school will upgrade an area off the school field by planting fernery and installing fences, paths and picnic tables for the children.
“It is excellent to see schools such as Spotswood 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 Taranaki in 2011 to transform Spotswood 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 Westshore School (Napier), Epuni Primary School (Lower Hutt) 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.”