School mu­ral a gift from stu­dents

Waikato News - - NEWS - Tom Row­land

A mu­ral of Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary at St Paul’s Col­le­giate in Hamil­ton was for­mally blessed and un­veiled on Fe­bru­ary 12 to stu­dents, staff and guests.

The mu­ral was painted by for­mer St Paul’s stu­dent, in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned artist Owen Dip­pie and was or­gan­ised by the 2016 school leavers.

In at­ten­dance at the cer­e­mony was Lady June Hil­lary and mem­bers of the 2016 leavers.

Tully Dickson, a 2016 leaver was pleased with the fi­nal prod­uct.

“At the end, see­ing what it looks like it is good to have some­thing for the fu­ture kids to have and look up to,” Mr Dickson said.

“I am sure when we come back in a few years time for a re­union it will be great to look back at and go wow, we paid for that and we got that or­gan­ised.”

“It was good to have Lady Hil­lary out to see it and she likes it so ob­vi­ously it is a very good pic­ture.

It is an an­nual tra­di­tion at St Paul’s for the school leavers to leave a gift, and Mr Dickson said that his year group wanted to leave a real im­pres­sion.

“As a pre­fect group we had to come up with some­thing we wanted. We set­tled on a pic­ture and then one of our stu­dents, Tom Wil­son, pushed hard for get­ting it or­gan­ised.”

The Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary mu­ral was painted by Mr Dip­pie in 2017 and is over­look­ing the St Paul’s ten­nis court.

Along­side the mu­ral is a plaque with in­for­ma­tion about both Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary and Mr Dip­pie.

At the top is Sir Ed­mund’s fa­mous quote: “It is not the moun­tain we con­quer, but our­selves”.

As­so­ciate Headmaster Ains­ley Rob­son said the art­work rep­re­sents the hard work of the stu­dents of St Paul’s.

“This is the 2016 leavers gift. It is a gift by the stu­dents, for the stu­dents and what makes this even bet­ter is the art­work by Mr Dip­pie who is a for­mer stu­dent,” Mr Rob­son said.

“The leavers gift is ac­tu­ally for the stu­dent body. It is for that class in par­tic­u­lar so that you have a mem­ory, a keep­sake and a sym­bol that you can latch on too.”

“When the day ar­rives when you come back to your old school you can look upon that and you can re­mem­ber the mem­o­ries of when you were at school.”

“The whole point of this work was to try and cre­ate a word or phrase that peo­ple can drive from, and Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary is an icon amongst New Zealand cul­ture.”

The mu­ral was blessed by the Rev­erend Peter Rick­man be­fore the stu­dents per­formed the school haka.

Photo / Sup­plied

The fin­ished Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary Mu­ral.

Photo / Tom Row­land Photo / Tom Row­land

Tully Dickson, one of the 2016 leavers at­tended to see his class project com­pleted.

(Right): Lady June Hil­lary (left) and her daugh­ter Su­san Hay­man of­fi­cially un­veiled the plaque.

Photo / Tom Row­land

As­so­ciate Headmaster Ains­ley Rob­son led the open­ing pro­ceed­ings with the help of the head boy and head girl. Rev­erend Peter Rick­man blessed the mu­ral af­ter the wel­com­ing.

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Kiwi artist Owen Dip­pie.

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