Shirley planter boxes an ‘act of kindess’
‘‘It's about community service, helping the community one way or another.’’
A Christchurch east secondary school student who wanted to help out the local primary school says it is important to help out the community.
‘‘After the earthquake we had all these communities came together and we had community spirit. I wanted to try and keep that relationship going,’’ said year 13 student Corbin Newlands.
Newlands and a group of Shirley Boys’ High School students installed three large planter boxes at Shirley Primary School last week.
Newlands, a member of the Shirley Boys’ High School environmental council, said his project was part of the school council’s aim to green the east and engage with the local community.
He said the planter boxes were a great way to green the Shirley school site, which opened earlier this year.
Shirley Primary School acting deputy principal Ryan Pearce said the school was thrilled with the new addition.
He said one student raised $150 for plants for the boxes from a bake sale.
‘‘It’s just ballooned from this one act of kindness,’’ he said.
For Newlands, the most rewarding part of the project was seeing the Boys’ students playing with the young school children on planting day on Thursday.
‘‘The building went well into the afternoon and the boys were playing games with the kids, reading books with them, getting them involved with the planting.
‘‘It was so good to see the kids out there all happy with these boys.’’
Newlands’ planter box idea was brought to life by his school’s year 12 construction class which built the three large wooden boxes before installing them onto the school grounds on Thursday.
Shirley Boys’ High School building and construction teacher Phil Dixon said a large part of his class projects were about giving back to the community.
‘‘It’s about community service, helping the community one way or another,’’ he said.
‘‘[The boys will] be chuffed with this.’’
Bunnings Warehouse donated the materials for the students to build the boxes and ASB’s BBQ food truck came to the school on Thursday to feed the troops.
Shirley Boys’ High School student Corbin Newlands at Shirley Primary School last week.