Pupils’ seating takes pride of place

Southland Girls’ High School Leo Club teacher in charge Elizabeth Jones and Leo Club members (from left) Sophie Ineson, Olivia Gibson, Harriet Johnston and Zoe Anderson are happy with the installation of their new macrocarpa seat near Queens Dr and Racecourse Rd, Invercargill.

THE placing of a large wooden bench near the Waihopai River in Invercargill is the result of a Southland Girls’ High School (SGHS) Leo Club environmental project.

The solid macrocarpa seat was established between Queens Dr and Racecourse Rd by the school’s club members on Sunday.

The pupils’ parents, Environment Southland (ES) staff members and Invercargill Host Lion Club members helped the pupils on the day, and supported the initiative with financial contributions.

School Leo clubs were encouraged to submit their ideas for an environmental initiative as part of the Bunnings Warehouse Leo Clubs’ Environmental Contestable Fund.

After SGHS club members realised there was no seating between the walk and cycleway from Queens Dr to the Waihopai Dam, they outlined a plan.

The school’s teacher in charge of the Leo Club, Elizabeth Jones, said their project idea was chosen and they received $1000 for the initiative.

The bench is near the school’s section of planting near the stream and the group works alongside Environment Southland staff to maintain the area annually.

Club members and SGHS staff unloaded the bench on Friday, then did most of the work to erect the bench on Sunday afternoon.

The Leo Club wanted to thank Peter Jones for acting as project manager for the installation.

“They really enjoyed it, and it was quite physical work and they were really pleased with themselves to see it all in place,” Mrs Jones said.

The seat was built by Beven West Sawmilling at Branxholme and will feature a plaque with ‘Southland Girls’ High School Leo Club 2022’.

“The students were very pleased because it is for the community and is going to be there for forever,” Mrs Jones said.