11 December 2019
Nor'West News, Christchurch
The next school year is already looking like it will be off to a TREEmendous start for Burnside Primary School which will be getting new outdoor learning spaces in the new year.
TREEmendous - a joint initiative between Project Crimson and the Mazda Foundation has selected four schools across the country including Burnside to receive $10,000 towards bringing their outdoor learning dreams to life.
The school was selected alongside Hobsonville Point Primary School, Roslyn School and Stanhope Road School to transform an unused area of their school grounds into an outdoor learning area through the planting of native trees and shrubs.
Six finalists also received $500 towards their projects.
The TREEmendous team will help each school develop an area that encourages a deeper connection with nature and the chance to learn first-hand about the environment in an outdoor setting.
Burnside Primary plans to transform an unused area next to its field by planting hundreds of native trees, as well as adding seating, worm farms, native edible plants and further developing its existing butterfly garden.
Principal Matt Bateman said Burnside aims to create pupils that are successful in a changing world with the challenges that they will face with climate change.
"Pupils need to respect their environment and be the instruments for change. To do this, they need a place where they feel connected with the environment, which is why it is so important to have outdoor learning spaces in schools," he says.
For more information visit http://treemendous.org.nz