Westshore School wins Treemendous Makeover


Westshore School wins Treemendous Makeover
Westshore 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 114 pupil school will have the area around the school library and reading room enhanced with decking and native plants.
“We are thrilled to win a Treemendous Makeover,” says Susan Averill, teacher and leader of the project for Westshore School. “We are looking forward to involving the students in the creation of the new garden which we hope will reflect the unique coastal location of the school and celebrate the local character.”
The school has undertaken a number of other gardening initiatives around the grounds including planting of native trees outside the school hall with the support of other local not-for-profit environmental organisations.
“It is excellent to see schools such as Westshore School 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 the Hawkes Bay in 2011 to transform Westshore 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 Spotswood Primary School (New Plymouth), Epuni 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.”