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POSSUM HUNT FUNDRAISER RESPONSE – Drury School BOT

Friends of Drury School (FODS) are a parent run organisation that raises funds to assist the education of pupils at Drury School. Drury School is a semi-rural school that takes pride in its rural heritage.

For a number of years one of the fundraising activities organised by FODs has been a possum hunt.

The possum carcasses are sold to a fur buyer as part of the fundraising effort.

The event runs over three nights with all carcasses collected at a weigh in on the final day.

The hunters are required to remove and humanely dispose of any joeys before the possums are brought to the weigh in.  The hunters agree to this when they register for the event. Some hunters have failed to comply with this requirement.

The pouches of the possums have to be checked at the weigh in prior to being received by the fur buyer.

Any joeys found dead or alive were removed from the carcass as the fur buyer doesn't take any joeys.

They were then putdown in a manner that was believed to be lawful.

To register for this event participants were required to hold a current firearms license.

No primary or intermediate school children were involved in the removal or disposal of the joeys.  A number of teenagers were among the volunteers who gave up their time to assist with running the event.

This year we were approached by two people who misrepresented themselves as being from Environment Waikato.

Believing these people worked for Environment Waikato they were allowed access to the carcass collection point.

On the basis of this false pretense they were allowed to take photographs of the event team, participants and their families at the weigh in.

The SPCA has since advised the school that the method used in putting down joeys is not considered humane.

The school has learnt from this and we will be working with the SPCA to ensure that all animal welfare requirements are met in future so that the focus is returned to the commendable intent of the fundraising itself.

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Drury School was established in 1857 and has a long and proud history. 

Our school is a full primary that provides quality education for students from Years 1 – 8. This continuous education has allowed the school to develop an atmosphere that we believe produces well rounded students ready for their secondary education and beyond. High standards of conduct and responsibility are expected of all students. 

Our aim is to develop confident, open minded thinkers who possess a positive attitude.

We have very dedicated staff members who strive to unlock the potential in every student as we grow lifelong learners.

Drury School is also fortunate in having a Board of Trustees, a Friends of Drury School parent group and community who are extremely committed and work very hard in support of our school and students.

We are a Green-Gold Enviro School and have very attractive grounds including a large hall, swimming pool, astroturf and two adventure playgrounds.

Clive Morris

Principal