Outdoor learning for Spotswood Primary

Over 100 students, teachers and members of the wider school community were out in force on 26 March 2011 to dig in for Spotswood Primary School’s Treemendous School Makeover.

The working bee saw an outdoor recreation area created for the children along with work completed on the school’s outdoor classroom.
The Treemendous School Makeover programme is a joint initiative by the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson and sees four schools selected each year to receive a garden makeover using New Zealand native plants.
“It was an excellent day for the school community,” says Allan Day, Principal of Spotswood Primary School. “We place a strong focus on environmental education and it was fantastic seeing the students out helping to plant trees and generally getting stuck in.”
Spotswood Primary’s 324 pupils can now reap the benefits of learning in their outdoor classroom which is settled in a gully on the school grounds and features a small lake, seating and around 1,000 native trees and grasses.
The students also now have an area alongside the field where they can enjoy their lunchtimes which features native fernery and newly-installed fences, picnic tables and pathways.
“It was a great day out at Spotswood Primary School over the weekend,” says Andrew Clearwater, Chairman for the Mazda Foundation. “Environmental education is growing in schools and it’s exciting for the Mazda Foundation to be able to play a role in this through the Treemendous programme.”
Bridget Abernethy, Executive Director for Project Crimson, says more schools are making a commitment to the environment and it was excellent to see the children at Spotswood Primary School taking pride in their local surroundings.
Three other schools will also receive a Treemendous School Makeover this year. They are Westshore School (Napier), Epuni Primary School (Lower Hutt) and Rapaura School (Blenheim).