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ALEXIA.JOHNSTON
@alliedpress.co.nz

St Gerard’s School children have taken the season of goodwill to the next level.

As part of their lessons on the student volunteer army concept, children in Year 6 visited Castlewood Home to help prepare its outdoor area for a makeover.

The children decided it was a community project they could help with, put a plan in place and got to work under the guidance of their teacher, Carolyn Lyon, and parent helpers.

Throughout the project they used School Kit, which was designed for the New Zealand curriculum following the Christchurch earthquakes.

Pupil Wyatt Gullick (10) said his class learned about the Student Volunteer Army and the man behind the concept, Sam Johnson, who was a student at the University of Canterbury at the time of the quakes.

School Kit gave St Gerard’s School pupils a list of the roles involved, including planner, equipment officer and logistics officer.

During their recent visit to Castlewood Home, they cleared an area ready for beautifying.

Their work involved clearing sticks, mud and grass from the area which, in time, will be developed as an area where residents can relax in a private setting.

Children took their own gardening tools and they were not alone.

Some of the residents also helped, Sully Love (10) said.

“We were having some really good chats with the elderly.”

The 21 children involved also learned the importance of feeding their “army”.

Once the job was done, it was back to school for a shared lunch.

“It was fun,” Mrs Lyon said.