RHS students pitch in to help Christchurch community

The walkway off Catherine Street in Woolston, beside the Heathcote river, has been revitalised with help from some of our Year 12 students and the University of Canterbury (UC) Student Volunteer Army (SVA).

In March, four of our students, Courtney Watson, Zeinab Al-Hasani, Ruby Laugesen and Laura Mercer, alongside the UC SVA and other Year 12s from local schools, revitalised an 80 metre section of fencing as part of the SVA’s Year 12 UCan programme. 

Over two mornings the group first painted over graffiti and then, with the aid of a local artist, took to adding colourful imagery to the area, which is often used by locals as a riverside walking area.

The UCan Year 12 programme encourages local secondary students to become leaders in their communities through volunteering while being mentored by SVA members. 

The students also were tasked with coming up with a project idea that they would like to implement within their own school and community before pitching it to a panel consisting of representatives from the university and SVA.