Porirua Col­lege’s com­mu­nity gar­den

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‘‘A nu­clear re­ac­tor’’ is how Porirua Col­lege teacher Dave Suther­land de­scribes his year 10 sci­ence class.

On Fe­bru­ary 17, stu­dents cel­e­brated their 2015 ef­forts to turn a des­o­late school space into a pro­duc­tive and vi­brant com­mu­nity gar­den.

The old gar­den area had been des­ig­nated out of bounds and was about to be de­mol­ished. Suther­land felt that re-es­tab­lish­ing the com­mu­nity gar­den space would be a worth­while pro­ject.

His sci­ence class de­cided the best way was to vote for a pro­ject fo­cus to get the upgrade un­der way.

Their sug­ges­tions of worm farms, compost bins, even a choco­late foun­tain were out­voted in pref­er­ence to do­ing some­thing they could all be in­volved in and that would re­flect their cul­tural com­mu­nity spirit – paint­ing the rear gar­den wall with some mean­ing­ful mu­ral art.

The pro­ject was part of the suc­cess­ful Kids Part­ner­ship Pro­gramme, in­volv­ing Porirua City Coun­cil, schools and Part­ners Porirua.

Over the 12 months, stu­dents were also in­volved in plan­ning, de­sign­ing and paint­ing the mu­ral.

Stu­dents Taupe-Jack Lo­max and Nicte­qua Amaru-Ersk­ine men­tioned the as­sis­tance of coun­cil ex­perts, school staff and Dac Beecroft Lawyers and Wes­ley Gar­dens vol­un­teers.

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