Up-cycling helps to up­lift school

South Canterbury Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

A crew of en­thu­si­as­tic young­sters have been learn­ing about the pop­u­lar trend of up-cycling and help­ing to lift the look of their cam­pus at the same time.

They’ve been trans­form­ing old fur­ni­ture into colour­ful new ad­di­tions for their South Can­ter­bury school.

Ti­maru South School Pare­ora Cam­pus prin­ci­pal Jo O’Sul­li­van said pupils who were part of the af­ter-school Art Club had spent part of the term giv­ing new life to three sets of old wooden shelves.

‘‘As a teacher we’re al­ways about teach­ing kids new skills,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s just quite amaz­ing what it looks like to what it looked like.

‘‘The kids have en­joyed do­ing it.’’

The pro­ject had taught the chil­dren about reusing and re­cy­cling old items, she said.

‘‘We don’t have to have new things all the time.’’

It had also en­cour­aged the chil­dren to per­se­vere, she said.

Pupil Mar­shall Benson, 11, said

‘‘We don’t have to have new things all the time.’’

the club be­gan by peel­ing the old wall­pa­per off the wooden shelves.

‘‘We filled in the gaps with filler.’’

The pupils then did some sanding of the wooden sur­faces, be­fore ap­ply­ing a coat of un­der­paint, he said.

Re­sene Colour Shop Ti­maru man­ager He­len Smith, a former pupil of the school, said the store had do­nated the paint for the club’s pro­ject as it liked ‘‘to get be­hind lo­cal pro­jects’’.

She was glad to have been able to as­sist the chil­dren in a pro­ject which had taught them about up­cy­cling, or ‘‘How to make some­thing look fancy again.’’

Ob­jects did not need to be new in order to look nice, she said

Pupil Tara de Joux, 12, said she had re­ally en­joyed the pro­ject.

‘‘We’ve learnt about how to fill in the gaps in the shelf, and how to ac­tu­ally hold a paint­brush,’’ she said.

She added she would soon be putting her new­found skills to good use – as she was about to re­paint her bed­room.

Pupil Mia Sul­li­van, 12, said it was fun to have a go at things she had not tried be­fore.

‘‘It was fun and it’s a good way to spend time with your friends,’’ she said.

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