Stanhope Road School is an Enviroschool. Enviroschools is an action-based education programme where young people plan, design, and implement sustainability projects and become catalysts for change in their families, and within the wider New Zealand community.

Some highlights from the programme so far include the arrival of our beehives, the fruit trees that each class planted, and our vegetable growing, harvesting and eating.

Our delicious Stanhope Road honey can be purchased on Kindo or at the school office.

TREEmendous Outdoor Learning Area

In November 2019 we received the exciting news that part of the school is to receive a “TREEmendous” makeover, thanks to Mazda NZ and Project Crimson awarding us a $10,000 TREEmendous event to create an outdoor learning area. 

Our TREEmendous area was designed by year 7 and 8 student members of the Eco-Warriors group. They imagined an area filled with native plants to create habitat and food for native birds, lizards, and insects, as well as a wildflower meadow for our bees, a vegetable garden, and fruit trees. There is also a water wheel that fills a tank with rainwater, timber teepees for native plants to grow over and for children to sit inside, bird houses, insect hotels and huge logs for sitting on, and an outdoor blackboard for creativity and learning.

On Saturday the 1st of August 2020 with help from our students, families and local community groups who arrived in droves, we converted 1,000sqm of the school’s grounds into a learning zone to help students develop their understanding of the local environment. It was great to have Ruud Klienpaste (Project Crimson Trustee) inspiring our students and teachers and having Peter Wolfkamp and Boh Runga (Mazda Ambassadors) and Warriors players and staff in attendance.