SIAN Gebert, Rebekah Tolhopf, Keira Brown, Eden Gloyn, Harleen Kaur and Caitlin Lowe volunteer to help with the painting of the new poles. Photo James Sandbrook OB4719-01

SAINT Joseph’s primary school is making good use of the Creative Communities Scheme, setting up a brand-new set of educational poles last week.

A member of the board of trustees, Anna Gedson spearheaded the project, applying for funding and procuring materials.

The poles, which sit securely in the ground, were painted by students with the names of native plants stencilled on.

Ms Gedson explained that leaves of the respective plants would be used to paint an outline on to the poles as well, helping students to identify the plants.

“The poles are also to represent how native forests have been cut down over the years,” she said.

Ms Gedson said the poles not only provided students with an activity during breaks, but could be utilised for classes as well.

The project was first started last year, but was put on hold until this year due to the busy end and start of the school year.

james.sandbrook@opotikinews.co.nz