Phoenix Leef on street-cleaning duty in Caversham this week. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
The start of the new primary school year next week cannot
come quickly enough for some children.
Phoenix Leef (8) spent Thursday morning lugging a big broom
and a blue bin around Morrison St, Caversham, cleaning up
''I'm sick of all the rubbish in my street. The wind blows it
around and people litter,'' Phoenix said, with a disapproving
''Hopefully, people will keep it tidy now that it's clean.''
There was no particular inspiration for the work, he said.
''I had nothing else to do, so I just came up with the idea
in my mind.''
His mother, Barbara Leef, said she suspected Phoenix had been
getting bored with the holidays and was looking forward to
getting back to school and his classmates.
The St Francis Xavier School pupil returns to class on
''I'm going to be in year 4,'' he said proudly.