Pupils liven up walkway

Aurora College Year 9 pupils Sarah Noble (left) and Keira Reece are pleased to make a difference in their community.
Aurora College Year 9 pupils and teacher Gareth Scott help tidy the Tauhou walk in Invercargill as part of their passion project.

A GROUP of Aurora School pupils decided to transform a ‘‘boring’’ walkway into a colourful and collective art project.

Year 9 pupils Keira Reece and Sarah Noble (both 14) had the idea as part of their ‘‘passion project’’ at the school, choosing to walk between Regent and Skye Streets.

‘‘We just decided to do this because we have a lot of walkways in this area which are not really done up, so we kind of just decided to bring life back to a walkway where students can feel more safe and comfortable to walk through it,’’ Keira said.

Students divided into different groups, including communication, design and finances.
The creative team worked hard to sketch a design themed with New Zealand native birds and vegetation, while the finance team had to apply for permissions and source materials.

‘‘It was different, obviously, because I’m not used to doing that but it was pretty nice to see how everything works and all the processes. It was really a team effort,’’ Sarah said.

They gained approval from the Invercargill City Council to carry out the project for the Tauhou Walk and the work started last week with pupils painting the wall, tidying up and waterblasting the site.

‘‘We are doing everything to make it look prettier, we are taking the weeds, cleaning. We want to add some colour and vibrancy to the area,’’ Keira said.

The group would work on their passion project every Friday until the end of the term.

‘‘It is a lot of fun to know our design is going to be up in the wall for all the community to see,’’ Keira said.

Teacher Gareth Scott was proud of the initiative.

He said other Year 9 passion projects included the refurbishment of a school gym and a wind generator for the school garden.

‘‘My goal is to try to get kids active in their own community so they can feel part of it. Even if they left the school, they know they belong somewhere. This is my main goal — giving the opportunity to people to go out there and do something different.

‘‘The skills they pick along the way it is just bonus.’’

The project is due to be completed next month.