TfS comes to Aorere College

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Dianne Patterson, TfS Field Officer Auckland South, reports that the introduction of the programme has been given a great deal of effort and attention; and the teachers are very pleased with the decision to include it within the science curriculum: 

Earlier this year Principal Patrick Drum and Science teachers Manjula Hanjani and Ujith Galappaththige inaugurated the Trees for Survival programme at Aorere College, in partnership with Katherine Hills and Paul Colombus, their Support Organisation representatives at Accor Hotels Novotel Airport. TfS Field Officer Kirsty Hardie-Boys oversaw the signing of a partnership agreement in May/June.  (

Eve Clarke, Rata Gordon; Field Officers TfS Planting Day Coordinators

Science Teachers Ujith Galappaththige and Mandula Hanjani

Two Year 10 science classes took on the responsibility of caring for the first deliveries of seedlings and, with guidance from Auckland Council’s Field officers Sue Crawshay and Rata Gordon, learned the basics of pricking out and potting on. By early November there were approximately 960 seedlings in the unit, 700 in root trainers and 200 in planter bags. The PGU, transferred from another school, is due for the replacement of its shade cloth and curtains in 2015; and a new timer has been installed for the irrigation.

Healthy seedlings in root trainers

Shade curtain replacement due 2015

With seedlings grown over the past year by clients at OPTIONZ, Field Officers Rata and Eve coordinated a TfS planting day at Manukau Memorial Gardens on 8 August. There was a great turnout of 33 Students, three teachers, five volunteers from Accor Hotels and three other adult volunteers! This ensured that 760 seedlings were quickly planted along 200 metres of waterway. A report by student Anastasia Prasad, 10NS, appears on the school website:

Thirty-three Year 10 Science Students from Aorere College pitched in with planting native seedlings alongside the local stream

Some seedlings were interplanted amongst the previous year’s young trees, to increase shade cover and inhibit weed growth.


The site is cleaned up and planter bags collected for reusing. Adults and teenagers alike are feeling proud of the work accomplished together.
















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