The grounds at Halfway Bush School are about to spring
into life after the Dunedin primary school won a $10,000
Tree-mendous School Makeover.
The school is one of four schools to win the prize - a joint
initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson
The Tree-mendous team will visit the school next year for a
native tree-planting working bee.
Their designated outdoor areas will be transformed into
renewed spaces for pupils and teachers to enjoy.
Halfway Bush School principal Winnie Cornelissen was
"absolutely thrilled" and said the school planned to develop
an active learning space, utilising the expansive school
The grass area will be turned into an interactive garden
classroom, replicating the school logo, and will feature
edible plants, a reading zone, bird watching, and be
decorated with plants of various colours and textures.
"The project will involve our school and the wider community
coming together to share in creating something truly special
that we can all enjoy for years to come."
The other three winning schools were Oakura School (New
Plymouth), Porirua School and Whangamata Area School.
Project Crimson executive director Bridget Abernethy said the
number of applications received this year showed New Zealand
schools had a keen interest in the environment and outdoor
"We were delighted to see so many schools applying for
Tree-mendous School Makeovers.
"We are very pleased with our chosen schools.
"All of them placed an emphasis on teaching students and the
wider community about the environment and our ecosystem."
Mazda Foundation chairman Andrew Clearwater said the company
took great pride in being part of the Tree-mendous School
Makeover programme which had been responsible for the
development of 19 outdoor transformations since 2004.
"We are looking forward to visiting another four schools with
the Tree-mendous team next year."