Mural lifts spirits at arson-hit school
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.