Little school snaps up national prize

00:27, Dec 23 2013
Stratford’s Huiakama School students
DESIGN CREW: Stratford’s Huiakama School students are over the moon with their win in a national mural competition.

A little school that could has won first prize in a national mural competition.

Stratford's tiny Huiakama School, which has a roll of only 12 students, has won the central North Island category in a competition organised by the Keep New Zealand Beautiful campaign.

Principal Gwenda Pease said everyone at the school was absolutely delighted with the achievement.

"It's been a perfect end to our year really," she said.

The inspiration for their first ever "Wall Worthy" entry came from the late May Harrison, a former teacher at the school.

"Mrs Harrison was a wonderful, inspirational woman who gave so much to Huiakama School and community, that we wanted to do something in loving memory of her as she is no longer with us," said Ms Pease.


The students, aged from 5 to 12 years old, wrote poems about Mrs Harrison which inspired the several mural designs they submitted as their competition entry.

Following on from this success, two permanent murals will be installed at the school during term 1 of next year.

The children will be assisted with the painting by Wellington-based art teacher Barbara Spencer, who helped with the original plans.

Ms Pease said the school also won an electronic whiteboard, headphones for each student, $750 worth of Resene paint and 210 packets of M&M lollies.

Taranaki Daily News