A Friday morning in October saw the learning garden project fully realised with the joyful opening event at Stanhope Road School. The Junior School students sat beneath the magnificent 60-year old tree 'Oma' which was planted at the foundation of the school. The historical link built right beneath this new development was most fitting.
There are timber teepees, planter boxes, a stream and bridge along with all sorts of other inspiring features. School never looked this cool in the past!

The students gave the 25 or so guests thanks through performances and speeches including those from the gardener, landscape designer and driving force, Susan Hall and Deputy Principal Jenny Bristow (Principal Zane Wilson had been called away).

The ribbon cutting was shared by Bob Stubbs and a young student, followed by the plaque unveiling by Cathy Clark (in Bill's absence) and Trustee of the Ray and Ernie Johnston Trust, Sylvie Wilkinson. The club is extremely grateful for the support of Bill and Cathy Clark, Savory Construction and the Ray and Ernie Johnston Trust.
It's worth noting that Bill Clark was a foundation pupil at the school.

This exciting project was masterminded by Susan and managed by Bob. Both were evidently proud of their achievement and no doubt relieved that it is now done.

The children however, are the final arbiters of its success and it certainly seemed like they were loving it and will prosper from its addition.

Sourced from Ellerslie Sunrise Rotary Bulletin