Our winners have been chosen!
Four schools around New Zealand are set to become Treemendous Schools in 2018 after winning $10,000 each to create their own outdoor education space in 2018.
Congratulations to our four winning schools: Anchorage Park Primary School (Auckland), Beckenham School (Canterbury), Clifton School (Manawatu) and Trentham School (Upper Hutt).
We are excited to get stuck in and help our winning schools bring their visions to life – creating areas where students can immerse themselves in environmental wonderlands.
Anchorage Park Primary School
Anchorage Park Primary School (Auckland) will turn an unused area alongside a neighbouring estuary into a learning zone to help students develop their understanding of the local environment. The area will have a native bush walk, bird feeders, weta enclosures, a lizard garden, insect hotels and a worm farm.
Beckenham School (Canterbury) plans to create outdoor learning spaces that children can interact with, and learn about the environment. The area will include a magnetic wall, large bird’s nests made of logs and a range of natural play equipment for the children to engage with.
The Christchurch school, which was affected by the 2011 earthquake, and lost its library to a fire in 2012, hopes the new learning areas will inspire a love of nature in the children.
Clifton School (Manawatu) plans to use a special layering gardening technique to replant an area at the front of the school with native trees. This technique, along with a number of different bird houses, will help attract native birds to the area. Clifton School is actively educating its students about environmental conservation and the dedicated hands-on area will help this.
Trentham School (Upper Hutt) plans to transform a spare field into a native wonderland. The school will build a pathway that will lead to the area where children can immerse themselves in native plants and wildlife. The school is located in an urban area, so the space will be a refreshing change of scenery for the students and wider community
By the end of 2018, Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson will have worked with 44 schools from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South to create amazing native areas and outdoor learning zones.
In that time, we have seen communities and hundreds of volunteers come together to help create native outdoor learning zones for primary school and intermediate students eager to learn about the environment around them.
Entries to become a Treemendous School will open again in the New School Year, so start thinking about how you and your class could enter next year as a class project.
Could your school become a Treemendous School?