30 November 2018
Hauraki Herald, Auckland
A plan to reconnect with the natural environment won Coromandel Area School $10,000.
As part of TREEmendous, a joint initiative between Project Crimson Trust and the Mazda Foundation, schools had to design an environmentally focused outdoor education zone.
The initiative aims to help transform schools' outdoor education spaces through creating open air learning zones.
Coromandel Area School was one of five schools to win and plan to restore the stream running through their grounds to help aquatic animals thrive again.
Plans include extensive planting of native and wetland plants to enable use of the area as a learning space, and will be brought to life by the TREEmendous team next year.
Principal Koren Hopoi said environmental literacy was a key focus of learning at the school.
"The outdoor area we're creating is all part of our active transition into regenerative education that weaves environmental, cultural, and socially responsible skills and practice through our curriculum."
The other four winning schools were Te Uku School in Raglan, Konini Primary School in Lower Hutt, Hukerenui School in Northland, and Aparima College in Southland.
Mazda Foundation chairperson David Hodge said, "We've been doing this for 12 years now, and every year I am blown away by the passion both students and teachers have for enhancing the environment".