07 May 2016

Discovery School

Discovery transformed over 600 square metres of a sloping bank into three interactive outdoor classrooms. Over 700 harakeke, kowhai and rata trees were planted, attracting more native birds to the area for students to learn about. The School’s existing orchard of apple and fig trees was expanded, creating a larger food source for the students.

Rimutaka Prison’s horticultural unit supported the makeover by supplying native trees and plants such as Northern Rata and Nikau palms. Prisoners also designed kitset rustic bird houses, bird feeders and weta motels from re-purposed pallet timber for pupils to assemble and then place in their new outdoor classrooms.