We are very excited with a number of landscaping and outdoor learning/play spaces that are being developed in the July school holidays.
All plantings and landscaping ideas are guided by, He Puna Kōrero mo ngā Kura, our Educational Hub Cultural Narrative Tauwharekākaho / Rolleston, prepared on behalf of Te Taumutu Rūnanga.
This guiding document provides insight into the cultural history of our surroundings to allow aspects to be incorporated into the design of both physical (buildings, planting etc.) and non-physical (curriculum, values, kaupapa etc.) aspects of our kura/school.
The front entrance underneath our stunning mural, will be landscaped with tussock grasses, balance beams, large rocks and limestone as an additional play area for our children. This is funded through the demolition of the old administration building removed earlier this year.
The area outside the Ti Kōuka learning community will be developed with new seating, plantings and ground works and eventually shade sails in readiness for summer.
We are very grateful to the Friends of West Melton School, our community and the wider community as this project is funded through the proceeds of the recent successful fete in April this year, to the value of $40,000.
As the Ministry of Education don’t always fund landscaping and outdoor learning spaces, particularly in established schools, we rely heavily on the support of our Friends of West Melton School Team and volunteers who work hard to enhance learning and play spaces for our children.