Mu­ral lifts spirits at ar­son-hit school

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By OLIVIA SHIVAS

The new stu­dent-made mu­ral at Pt Che­va­lier Pri­mary School is help­ing to lift ev­ery­one’s spirits af­ter the fire at the school last year.

The mu­ral was un­veiled on March 18 and was a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween year 5 and 6 stu­dents at the pri­mary school and year 10 stu­dents from Dioce­san School for Girls.

The Dioce­san girls have been vis­it­ing Pt Chev Pri­mary for five years. Pre­vi­ous col­lab­o­ra­tions in­clude a pizza oven and mo­saic totem poles.

Dioce­san teacher Becki Abbott says the project fol­lows the school motto Ut Servi­a­mus, which means ‘That We May Serve’.

‘‘That’s our phi­los­o­phy for the week … work­ing with the com­mu­nity rather than for,’’ Abbott says.

The younger stu­dents took photos of the birds and trees at Pt Che­va­lier beach and th­ese are fea­tured on the mu­ral.

Project or­gan­iser Keren Rego says ac­tiv­i­ties like this are im­por­tant for stu­dents.

‘‘[Some stu­dents] may not be aca­demic or very sporty. But they can strive in their artis­tic tal­ent. All kids are cel­e­brated.’’

The mu­ral is tak­ing fo­cus off the fire, af­ter an act of van­dal­ism by teenagers caused ma­jor dam­age to the ad­min­is­tra­tion block last year.

Pt Chev school gets a new mu­ral and the Dioce­san stu­dents learn how to find re­sources for the project from the com­mu­nity. They wrote let­ters to busi­ness own­ers ask­ing for do­na­tions.

Rego is al­ready think­ing of next year’s project – per­haps to mo­saic the pizza oven.

‘‘I be­lieve when kids are in­volved with some­thing like this it stays with them. Mem­o­ries they have at school is some­thing they take into adult­hood,’’ she says.

Cre­ative: Pt Chev school and Dioce­san stu­dents check out the mu­ral they cre­ated to­gether at Pt Chev school.

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