Treemen­dous makeover

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vol­un­teers who want to see Whi­tireia stu­dents achieve.

Irvine said he was there to help stu­dents get help up rather than a hand out.

Now a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man, he said he ben­e­fited from some­one see­ing his po­ten­tial in his younger days.

He said pay­ing for­ward was vi­tal in our com­mu­nity.

‘‘If [the foun­da­tion] can help stu­dents achieve suc­cess, they can then go on and help oth­ers to achieve,’’ said Irvine.

The foun­da­tion en­cour­ages lo­cal busi­nesses to spon­sor a Whi­tireia stu­dent. Dis­cov­ery School in Whitby is to re­ceive a huge out­door trans­for­ma­tion af­ter win­ning a Treemen­dous School Makeover.

The Treemen­dous School Makeover pro­gramme is a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween the Mazda Foun­da­tion and Project Crim­son, a con­ser­va­tion char­ity, and in­volves four schools each year re­ceiv­ing a $10,000 out­door area makeover us­ing na­tive plants.

Natalie Packer, the teacher at Dis­cov­ery School who helped to put to­gether the win­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, said her mo­ti­va­tion was to cre­ate more in­no­va­tive spa­ces for the pupils to learn in and the teach­ers to teach.

‘‘An en­vi­ron­men­tally fo­cused out­door ed­u­ca­tion space will help to mo­ti­vate all our stu­dents’ learn­ing styles,’’ she said.

Dis­cov­ery School has des­ig­nated a huge 600 square me­tre slop­ing bank, ad­ja­cent to its field, in which to cre­ate three out­door class­rooms.

The plant­ing of na­tive trees and grasses such as harekeke, kowhai and rata will en­cour­age wildlife into the school grounds, where it can be ob­served and stud­ied.

On May 7, the Dis­cov­ery School com­mu­nity will carry out their makeover to­gether, with help from lo­cal Mazda deal­er­ship staff, Mazda Foun­da­tion trus­tees and Project Crim­son.

More than 400 plants and trees will be planted as well as the cre­ation of a lizard habi­tat and ex­pan­sion of the school’s ex­ist­ing or­chard.

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