Published on Monday, 22 May 2017, 8:56 a.m. Print Article

Apples, Pears, Feijoas, Yum!

Thanks to parents, grandparents, students and KidsCan our orchard is now planted and growing beautifully. (and what a timely rain)

20 varieties of fruit trees were planted on a beautiful autumn day.  The Centennial School children’s Health Team worked tirelessly alongside parent volunteers and Karleen from KidsCan to plant, stake and water the trees.

Several trees were allocated to each classroom and volunteers were chosen to come to the orchard, select and plant their chosen trees.  Others who had not been chosen were brought over with their teachers to watch their trees being planted.  Once planted the Health Team took over.  They staked, tied wind braked and watered each tree.

Karleen was very impressed at the way everyone got stuck in and within 3 hours the orchard was completed.  She was amazed that we didn’t need to stop to treat blistered hands like they do in Auckland!  We were all treated to a lovely, well deserved, morning tea which disappeared very quickly.

We are looking forward to the day when we can harvest our first crop of fruit.  Sadly we have been advised to take off all fruit in the first year to allow the trees become well established.  

KidsCan supports the education of thousands of children, in hundreds of low decile schools, throughout New Zealand. Their key aim is to ensure children less fortunate have the same opportunity as others to take advantage of their education.