Westshore Primary School's Treemendous Makeover

Over 120 students, teachers and members of the wider school community were out in force over the weekend to dig in for Westshore School’s Treemendous School Makeover.

The working bee saw an outdoor recreation area created outside the school’s library and reading room.
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 Susan Averill, Teacher at Westshore School and leader of the makeover project. “We place a strong focus on environmental education and it was fantastic seeing the students, parents and staff out helping to plant trees and generally getting stuck in.”
Westshore School’s 114 pupils have been busy in recent years planting an orchard at the school along with native trees and vegetable gardens. ‘Weta Hiltons’ have also been created which are designed to attract insects to the new garden.
The students can also now reap the benefits of a new deck and native tree garden outside their library and reading room.
“It was a great day out at Westshore 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 Westshore School taking pride in their local surroundings.
Three other schools will receive a Treemendous School Makeover this year. They are Spotswood Primary School (Taranaki), Rapaura School (Blenheim) and Epuni Primary School (Lower Hutt).