As a part of the Dunns Bush Trapping Group, Year 11 student, Annise Boothroyd, visited her line every 2 weeks (for 2.5-3 hours) to clear any traps and reset bait. This is a great experience to show service in her community and for the environment. Partnered with the Forest Bridge Trust, they are contributing to Pest Free 2050 and helping enhance the survival of our native species such as piwakawaka, kereru and kaka, with the vision to re-introduce kiwi in this area. On the last occasion, they managed to catch 2 rats, 2 possums and a ferret (ferrets are particularly hard to catch and this is thought to be the first one caught in Dunns Bush for 8 years). Annise highly recommends this experience to anyone who may be interested in supporting our natural environment and contributing to predator eradication in Aotearoa.
Serena Burke, Year 12 believes that with the power of improvisation, there were still many ways we could serve our community during Lockdown. In the first Lockdown Serena came up with the idea that she would donate some of her old clothes to Hospice and she also sent inspirational postcards to people in her local community. Along with this Serena also spent a lot of time at the end of last term helping out with the Year 13 drama show by assisting Mr Middleton with sorting, cleaning plus playing a character for the show performing on all four nights. She certainly is doing her best to make others smile.
Pictured left to right; Beatrice Belleza, Hannah Houlbrooke and Serena Burke behind the scenes of the Year 13 Drama Play helping play supporting roles and preparing the show.