Whangamata Area School creates a Treemendous space for students

More than 75 members of the Whangamata community came out in force on Saturday 6 July to help with Whangamata Area School’s Treemendous School Makeover. 

Students, teachers and the wider community, transformed a bare area of Whangamata Area School’s grounds into an educational and interactive space for the students to explore. They were joined by staff from the local Mazda dealership, Ultimate Motor Group, and the team from Project Crimson, who manage the events.

The makeover converted the school’s grounds into a garden inspired by the local landscape, and featured plants that are found in the Whangamata ecological district. The makeover features a pathway that looks and feels as if you have walked from the beach and into the coastal forest. It also included a nursery for P─źngao plants and an outdoor classroom for students to observe the natural environment.

“The new learning space will provide the students with an educational area where they can gain hands-on knowledge of the environment that surrounds them,” says Ross Preece, Principal of Whangamata Area School.  “Saturday’s makeover was a great success and we had a fantastic turn out from the Whangamata Community.”

Thames District Councillor, Jack Wells, showed his support by speaking to the volunteers, thanking them for their hard work.  "Treemendous School Makeovers are a fantastic way of bringing the community together and educating students on the importance of the environment. Everyone worked really hard to create this interactive space,” says Wells.

Mazda Foundation trustee, Murray Berkett, says, “It is great to see so many schools in New Zealand focusing on environmental learning because it is such an important part of a child’s education. It was great to see everyone rallying around in support of Whangamata Area School.  “Mazda is proud to be part of Treemendous School Makeovers. We enjoy helping to create these fun, interactive spaces that help to educate children in a creative way.”

Whangamata Area School was the fourth and final makeover of the year, following Halfway Bush School in Dunedin, Porirua School, Porirua and Oakura School, Oakura.