|Friday 20 November 1998|
Beautiful Schools To Be Honoured
Christchurch schools which have created special environments for their students and neighbours will be honoured at a ceremony in Civic Offices on Thursday 26 November.
Mayor Garry Moore will present the schools with Keep Christchurch Beautiful environmental enhancement and community pride awards, and awards for caretakers.
Among the schools to be honoured will be Waimairi Primary, which is a model to the community with its native trees and plants chosen for the growing conditions and historical relevance. Many of the plants are the same as those that grew in the area prior to European settlement.
Another award recipient will be St James School, Aranui, which has what is described as a "caring environment". It features olive trees commemorating ANZAC soldiers and flower-covered gazebos, and each student has a tree with his or her name on it.
Queenspark School is to be honoured because of its care of the reserve nextdoor and because of the improvements it has made within the school grounds which benefit the students and those who use the school out of school hours.
Weedons School is out of Christchurch but always keen to be involved in the annual environmental enhancement programme and will also be honoured for its efforts. The judges said Weedons Schools grounds are well planted and maintained. During the drought last summer students carried water in containers to keep their trees healthy.
The 36 schools which entered this years awards were assessed by members of Christchurch North Lions Club, the Keep Christchurch Beautiful education committee chairman John Macauley and Christchurch City Council KCB co-ordinator Shirley Christensen.
The ceremony will be held in the Mayors Reception Area, first floor, at 3.30pm.