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.

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