Two school reviews

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These meetings of all partners provide a forum for meaningful discussion about the desired outcomes and success of the programme, as well as a chance to prioritise details of its management. All participants can then report back to their organisations in a fully informed manner. Reviews are held as needed, perhaps every 3 to 5 years depending on change of leadership.

Dilworth Junior School

There was strong agreement that the programme provides valuable education about trees, horticulture and environmental practice.  It is recognised as experiential and holistic learning. The roles and responsibilities of each partner were well understood by all parties.

The Rotary Club of Remuera, represented by Bryan Haggitt, was formally thanked for their many years of commitment to financial support and attendance on the planting days. There were positive comments about the benefit of returning to the same site, where the pupils could view plantings of different years and observe growth over time.

The Rotary Club confirmed their intention to continue supporting the programme at Dilworth Junior School.

David Blaker, Trees for Survival person-responsible, was thanked for his many years of dedication to teaching the boys horticultural skills and setting up the planting day in coordination with Council. He in turn thanked Learning Support Teacher Cathy Wagener who is based at the school and works in tandem, supporting his effort.

Lynda Wylie, the Auckland Council Field Officer assigned to this school who carries out the formal plant counts, gives support for sessions and also works as Planting Day Coordinator, was unable to attend but there was unanimous acclaim for her great assistance. Sue Crawshay, Trees for Survival Coordinator, Environmental Services, Auckland Council, was happy that, despite some challenges, Dilworth Junior Campus was producing a good number of seedlings and consistently organised well-run planting days.

There was a request to Peter Vos, Head of Campus, Dilworth Junior School, that the Trees for Survival programme be incorporated in to the school curriculum and be headed by a classroom teacher. This would mean that a larger number of pupils (ideally 25–30) participated in and benefited from the programme. Peter agreed and intended to speak with the Year 7 Science teachers.

One Tree Hill College

Inspecting a range of healthy plants

Recently One Tree Hill College was reviewed and a new partnership agreement signed with the Rotary Club of Penrose, represented by John Pollard and Bruce Watson. Sue Crawshay attended, to represent the Partnership with Auckland Council.

One Tree Hill College which has the Trees for Survival PGU #16 was first set up around 1998. The programme enhances the teaching of science and horticulture within the school curriculum. It is also an opportunity for students to do service work towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award and Roceilli Fernando, Shweta Kumar, Shweta Orasad and Chelsea O’Donnell are taking responsibility for the seedlings during changes in staffing.

For many years, the Rotary Club of Penrose has been the Support Organisation for One Tree Hill College and paid its annual fee. Planting day adventures are well remembered.

Past teachers include Karen Dobric, Peter Nicolson and Bev Weaver, James Waugh and Alan Grant; and Trees for Survival welcomes Elmerie Plumridge, who may soon step into the role.

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