UNITED: Students at St Teresa's Catholic College stand together to show their respect for victims of the recent Christchurch attacks.
UNITED: Students at St Teresa's Catholic College stand together to show their respect for victims of the recent Christchurch attacks. Contributed

School stands in solidarity for NZ

LAST Friday St Teresa's Catholic College stood in unison to pay respect to victims of the recent Christchurch attacks with a message visible from the heavens.

More than 700 students congregated on the school's oval and spelt out "CHCH”, an abbreviation campus minister Christopher Lysaght said was synonymous with the city.

"This was a way of showing solidarity and a way to grieve for what has happened,” My Lysaght said.

"It has struck close to home.

"It was something special the students could do.”

Mr Lysaght said the original plan was to spell the letters "STCC” to mark their annual St Teresa's Day celebrations but after news of the terrorist attack broke the college decided to show support for New Zealand.

"It was a nice touch to change the letters to CHCH,” he said.

"It was no longer about us, it was to show love to our cousins across the ditch.”

Christchurch is Mr Lysaght's hometown, so the message held further significance for the school.

Students also wore white bracelets as a sign of peace and unity.