School mural is not just a pretty picture

WAVES THEORY: Olympian Barbara Kendall, centre, helps Gulf Harbour students celebrate the unveiling of a mosaic mural featuring waves.
WAVES THEORY: Olympian Barbara Kendall, centre, helps Gulf Harbour students celebrate the unveiling of a mosaic mural featuring waves.

After opening Gulf Harbour School a decade ago Olympic boardsailor Barbara Kendall was back to unveil a mural.

The mosaic has six nautically themed panels which children designed to reflect meanings and values attached to themselves, their community and school.

Pupil Harvey Watts had the idea that waves, like knowledge and learning, never end. So waves run through all the panels.

Michaela Clark chose a fish to show that even small fish can do big things, while Jesse Heath’s starfish signifies that everyone can be a star.

The unveiling capped months of work by the year 3 children and their teacher Wendy Hare, and year 4 children and teacher Diane McLay.

Pupils were guided by local artist Susan Boniface as part of the Education Ministry’s Artists in Schools programme.

Of the 350 schools that applied, 48 were successful.

The pupils learned the result was not just a pretty picture but was formed through serious thought and their enthusiasm made the outcome much better than envisaged because their learning extended into the community.

Gulf Harbour has been selected as one of eight schools to share their stories on Arts Online later this year.

North Harbour News