Junior Neighbourhood Support leaders Brianna Reid (12,
left) and Baily Cavanagh-Welch (12) hold a pack and a
record book. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Green Island School pupils are among 700 in Dunedin
connecting with their communities through a programme run by
The non-profit organisation promotes the building of
connections within neighbourhoods to create safer
Pupils from Green Island School, Carisbrook School, Kaikorai
School and Bathgate Park School were taking part in Junior
Neighbourhood Support this year.
Pupils have been working towards ''Community safe badges''
since the start of June, which can be earned when they fulfil
tasks and amass enough points.
Neighbourhood Support's Lower South Island co-ordinator Kim
Romeril said the programme was an accessible option for all
''It's something tangible all students can work towards over
a period of time.''
To earn a badge, children needed to demonstrate examples of
being responsible and taking the initiative to help others at
school, home and in the community, Ms Romeril said.
Acts like baking muffins for a local firefighter, donating
used-clothes to charity, and completing a bike safety course
at school would all demonstrate being a responsible member of
the community, she said.
''The programme helps students to be aware of the physicality
of life, the fact they have to rely on each other, and rely
on their physical community to become mature people.''
Social media networks fall short in providing real-life
support, she said.
''You can't underestimate the value of physical networks in a
''It's what we build our lives on,'' Ms Romeril said.
- Robert Steven