Discovery School’s outdoor area was converted with a Treemendous School Makeover on May 7. More than 250 members of the Whitby community helped create three outdoor classrooms.
The makeover programme is a joint initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson in which four schools each year receive a $10,000 makeover, transforming an outdoor space with native plants for pupils to learn from.
The school transformed 600 square metres of sloping bank into three interactive outdoor classrooms. Over 700 harakeke, kowhai and rata trees were planted. They will attract more native birds for the students to learn about.
Allan Davidson, the Master of Lodge Windsor, presents the principal of Holy Family School, Chris Theobald, with a $1000 cheque to go towards the breakfast programme. The money will go towards supporting Holy Family’s breakfast in schools programme, in which about 45 students have breakfast at school each morning. The teachers emphasise that children learn far better when they have sufficient fuel to power their brains and the Lodge Windsor donation will enable Holy Family to offer more variety for breakfast in the form of different spreads for their toast or some fruit for their cereal.
Tamsin Knight left, and her sister Saffron at the school makeover.