Pupils turning junk into fence

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East Gore School pupils are turning what might be thought of as junk into an eye-catching and artistic fence.

School principal Wendy Kitto said three apple trees and a pear tree had been planted in the area and now the fence was being built.

Then there would be another step in the school’s outdoor develop-ment.

“We’re developing an edible garden area,” Mrs Kitto said.

Artist Janet de Wagt was helping the children with the project, which they were thoroughly enjoying.

The pupils helped the builder put in the posts for the fence and to carry out other building-related tasks.

“We’re trying to get the kids to do as much as they can.”

De Wagt said the pupils started the project by producing designs.

“It gave them a sense of what they would actually like to have on their fence.”

Ideas pupils came up with included animals, self-portraits, cars, weather themes, flowers, takahe, the Hokonui Hills, Mataura River and a waka.

The fence would be about 10m long.

The materials used included timber offcuts, taps, keys, heaters, padlocks and baking pans.