Stone comes home to school

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By XING YI TAN

Af­ter more than a cen­tury of shar­ing its name, Hin­uera School will soon wel­come onto its grounds a sculp­ture carved from the pop­u­lar Hin­uera stone.

A Tai­hoa com­mu­nity do­na­tion helped the school ob­tain a slab of the cov­eted vol­canic rock.

Prin­ci­pal Dean McDonnell says the do­na­tion came at a time when more chil­dren from Tai­hoa South Rd be­gan at­tend­ing Hin­uera School af­ter their neigh­bour­hood school closed.

‘‘They wanted to have a con­nec­tion with and sup­port the school and won­dered what we thought we could do.

‘‘We sug­gested a Hin­uera stone sculp­ture and they were re­ally ex­cited about that,’’ Mr McDonnell said.

The project sparked the in­ter­est of stu­dent group En­vi­roschools who or­gan­ised a school-wide de­sign com­pe­ti­tion for Hin­uera School’s new cen­tre­piece.

Par­ent sup­porter Craig Jor­dan com­bined the best as­pects of sev­eral en­tries into a fi­nal de­sign which Mr McDonnell says re­flects the school’s iden­tity and val­ues.

Mr Jor­dan, whose daugh­ter at­tends Hin­uera, has been com­mis­sioned as the sculp­tor for the project.

Mr McDonnell de­scribes Mr Jor- dan as a great com­mu­nity per­son with a eye for de­tail.

‘‘He’s an in­cred­i­bly artis­tic guy and very ca­pa­ble – one of those peo­ple who picks some­thing up and can see straight away what he can do with it,’’ Mr McDonnell said. ‘‘To have some­one from the area and so keen to be in­volved in the project is amaz­ing.’’

The sculp­ture will be un­veiled at a cer­e­mony on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 9.

District Mayor Hugh Ver­coe has been in­vited to at­tend.

The cer­e­mony will be­gin at 11.30am with a mu­si­cal per­for­mance by the stu­dents and will be fol­lowed by a hangi an hour later.

Mr McDonnell recog­nises the cer­e­mony as a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether and said any­one who con­sid­ers them­selves a ‘‘friend of the school’’ is wel­come to at­tend.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be a very spe­cial day in the his­tory of the school, some­thing that will link us with a fa­mous nat­u­ral re­source,’’ he said.

‘‘What Craig has done with the sculp­ture – the shape of it and the writ­ing on it re­flect who we re­ally are.’’

Any­one in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the cer­e­mony and hangi can con­tact Hin­uera School on 888 1772.

Sculp­tor: Craig Jor­dan next to the slab of Hin­uera stone that will be trans­formed into a sculp­ture for Hin­uera School.

Chip off the old block: Hin­uera School En­vi­roschools group mem­ber Abbey Thomp­son gets to work on the stone.

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