School community gets stuck in for Papatoetoe North School Makeover

Children, parents, teachers and keen locals worked all day on Saturday, 5th September for Papatoetoe North School’s Treemendous School Makeover, the final makeover for 2009.

Around 100 people turned up to lend a hand and dig in.

“It was a fantastic community day, all the kids and their families were out in force, says Papatoetoe North School teacher Maureen Douglas.

The school’s new outdoor classroom features a walkway through native flora and fauna leading to an open glade with a seating area.

Papatoetoe North School teacher Maureen Douglas said the area already has several mature native trees and backs onto a creek, however over the years it had been neglected and had become a place to dump gardening and building waste.

The 800-pupil school was chosen from 158 nationwide applications for the second annual Treemendous School Makeover programme.

The three other schools selected for a Treemendous School Makeover this year were Glenavon School (West Auckland), Malfroy School (Rotorua) and Hedgehope Primary School (Invercargill).