28 Aug 2015
Teachers and students around New Zealand have been busy harvesting innovative ways to transform their schools outdoor educational space, in hope of winning a $10,000 environmental makeover.
Eleven schools have been named as finalists in August’s stage one judging round, as part of Treemendous makeovers for 2016, a joint initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson.
Student’s creativity flourished this round, with plans to construct a lizard habitat, restore a community creek and revamp neglected areas among the highlights. The judges were overwhelmed with the high standard of applications, with many accompanied by impressive videos.
The eleven finalists are: Argyll East School (Hawkes Bay), Auckland Normal Intermediate (Auckland), Cambridge Primary School (Waikato), Discovery School (Porirua), Mangorei School (Taranaki), Reporoa Primary (Bay of Plenty), Silverdale Primary School (Auckland), St Joseph’s Temuka (Canterbury), Trentham School (Wellington), Waipahihi School (Taupo), and Wyndham Primary School (Southland). These schools are in the running to receive $10,000 to transform a disused part of their school grounds into a budding educational space for students and teachers to enjoy.
“Each and every round we are thrilled with the high-calibre of creative entries, our schools show a huge appreciation for the environment. It is truly inspiring to see how children come up with new and creative ways to enhance their natural learning environments,” says Andrew Clearwater, Chairman of the Mazda Foundation.
“Judging is never an easy task, and the next round is going to be extremely tough as every entry is worthy of a makeover. We wish good luck to everyone that entered.”
In stage one of the application process students and teachers were asked to submit a proposal which included details about aspects of their planned makeover.
The finalists are in the process of developing landscaping plans for their stage two submissions, which will be judged to select the winning entries. Four out of the 11 schools will be chosen to each receive a $10,000 makeover that will take place in 2016 and the remaining finalists will be awarded $500 for their hard work.
The four winning schools will be announced in November.
About the Mazda Foundation
The Mazda Foundation was established by Mazda New Zealand in 2005 as a public charitable trust to give assistance to a broad cross-section of causes, including the improvement of our natural environment and the advancement of our young people’s education. See www.mazdafoundation.org.nz
About Project Crimson
Project Crimson is a charitable conservation Trust that aims to protect New Zealand's native Christmas trees - pohutukawa and rata. Since the Trust was formed in 1990, volunteers have successfully established hundreds of thousands of pohutukawa and rata trees around New Zealand. www.projectcrimson.org.nz