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St Mary’s clean up ‘making a difference’

After Sunday service at church, the community cleaned up in and around the area by the Campion Road footbridge.

This was followed by a community sausage sizzle lunch.

Principal Helen McGuigan said the community clean-up day was based on the Catholic school’s teachings stewardship.

“It’s about caring for God’s creations.

“It was also a demonstration of social action in caring for the environment.

“It was a great school community activity and gathering.”

St Mary’s is also an Enviro School.

“We currently have bronze status as an Enviro School. We are going for silver status and hope to do this by doing more community projects for the environment,” she said.

Cathy Rowell, one of the teachers leading the project, said it was a great activity to encourage guardianship and stewardship as a community.

“The kids would see the rubbish while walking across the bridge.

“We were also learning about Pipitaiari, the kaitiaki (guardian) presiding over that area of the Taruheru River.

“It was about teaching them that they can make a difference. They understand that guardianship and stewardship of the land is in our hands, and that they can be part of making that difference in their community.”

EYE-OPENER: St Mary’s childen, from left, Maycee Foss, Xavier Booker, Braden Foss, Thomas Grant, Owen Booker, and Francesca Grant with the pile of rubbish collected. Picture by Liam Clayton