Raumati School’s Success

A Kāpiti first for Ellerslie Flower Show

By Nicola Easthope
Oct 2012

The first primary school to build show garden

Raumati South School will be the first primary school to build their own show garden in the Exhibitor Section in the Ellerslie Show’s history.

After winning the Gold Award for their garden in the last two years of the Kapiti Sustainable Home and Garden Show, local Enviroschool, Raumati South School, is heading to the Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch next March.

The children’s Ellerslie entry will highlight the work they have been involved in over the past five years in the school grounds, and give them another opportunity to share their knowledge and practical experience with the public. Last year, every classroom took part in the initial design, building of the structures, growing the plants and final construction of the garden.


Pizza Garden

The Ellerslie garden will also comprise elements of the two Kapiti show gardens: a bicycle driven water pump, stone pizza oven and an African

African Keyhole Garden

Keyhole Garden.

At the end of the Show, the children will donate their garden to Wharenui School, another Enviroschool, which is decile 2 and close to the Christchurch CBD. Still recovering from the earthquakes, the Wharenui School children and staff are delighted to have been chosen as show garden recipients.

Teacher, Michael Stewart says, “Many of our children have blossomed during their time in the garden at our school, and we are hoping it will have the same effect on the children in Christchurch. We would love to be able to take as many of our children down to help create the garden and hand it over.”

Nine-year old Aden O’Connor hopes to be one of them, and spent Labour Day helping run a sausage sizzle to raise funds for the trip. “I’ve been in the Go Green group since I started at this school. I love helping in the garden, watering and shovelling mulch, and grazing on honeysuckle nectar and strawberries. Recently, I picked some rhubarb and took it home to make a rhubarb cake. Then I brought it to school to share at morning tea.”

Numbers will depend on the commitment of local sponsors, and Michael says, “in return, we can offer you prominent signage on our Thank You Board and coverage via the range of international, national and local media who will cover this huge event.”

If you are able to help, please contact rssellerslie@xtra.co.nz or call the school on 299 4579


At the end of October, Raumati South School are reflecting for their Silver Enviroschools Award. The whole-day reflection process will involve a team of students, staff, parents and community members, as well as Enviroschools facilitators. It will be a rich opportunity to affirm all the fantastic work for sustainability the entire school has been involved in, both in and outside the classroom, and out in the community.