Stone comes home to school
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.