Our 2022 TREEmendous Education Programme winners have been chosen!
A huge thank you to all the schools across the country who applied to take part in a TREEmendous Education Programme in 2022. It was incredible to see your enthusiasm for the environment and it was a difficult task to choose just five winners!
Congratulations to the following five winning schools for 2022:
- Glendowie School, Auckland
- Rhode Street School, Hamilton
- Riverdale School, Palmerston North
- Southbridge School, Canterbury
- Strath Taieri School, Middlemarch
We are so excited to be helping these schools develop a unique TREEmendous Education Programme for their individual schools and looking forward to visiting them in 2022.
Glendowie School in Auckland is located beside a stream that flows to the entrance of Tahuna Torea and borders St Andrew’s Retirement Village. They would like to develop a Nature Area to encourage birds and insects to support the food chain and make it a more usable wetlands area with a wider community appeal and engagement. Being part of the Eastern Songbirds catchment, attracting and keeping birds in the area is also a priority.
Rhode Street School
With a vision to see its students planting, growing and establishing native plants, Rhode Street School in Hamilton would like to embark on, Ki te Rongo Mauri Ora Mara. An environmental project, that involves creating a tamariki led medicinal garden with native plants of Aotearoa that will support students with their environmental education while providing health benefits for the school whanau and community.
After recently becoming an Enviroschool, Riverdale School in Palmerston North is looking for ways to further embed environmental education and scientific literacy within its curriculum. The school is hoping to increase biodiversity in the area by starting a range of new projects including creating insect hotels to protect weta from predators and making nectar and fruit bird feeders to support local birds over winter.
Canterbury based Southbridge School is passionate about students exploring nature so that they can have a better understanding of native biodiversity and the importance of sustainability especially for future generations. They would like to establish a Rongoa garden as well as challenging the students to come up with ways to encourage insects and birds to return while minimising the impact of pests and become kaitiakitanga of their natural surroundings.
Strath Taieri School
Strath Taieri School is passionate about protecting the critically endangered Giant Otago Skinks as it is both the school symbol and mascot. With all local skink habitats severely impacted by historic burning and cultivation activities, the school plans to start a project to restore the ecosystem, helping the skinks to survive and flourish. This student-led project will involve a great deal of education about skinks from environmental science to their significance in te ao Maori.
If you missed out this year, don’t worry. Applications to win a TREEmendous Education Programme will open again in January 2022!
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