Stu­dents brighten school

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

When a brand new fence went up at Hin­uera Pri­mary ear­lier this year, the kids thought it was miss­ing some­thing – colour.

The stu­dents took it upon them­selves to write to the board of trustees and ask per­mis­sion to cre­ate eight mu­rals to hang along the wall.

Af­ter re­search­ing what type of paint they would need to use and how much it would cost, the kids were given the go ahead.

Each class spent time coming up with an idea and ev­ery sin­gle stu­dent was in­volved in cre­at­ing the mu­rals, said prin­ci­pal Dean McDon­nell.

‘‘Ev­ery class has done some­thing dif­fer­ent,’’ he said.

‘‘For ex­am­ple, one of the older classes re­searched graf­fiti artist Banksy and gave sten­cilling a go.

‘‘So there are some that are quite con­tem­po­rary and oth­ers that are colour­ful and tra­di­tional.’’

The mu­rals had to in­cor­po­rate the school’s three Rs: re­spect, re­spon­si­bil­ity and re­silience.

‘‘I thought they all looked good when I saw them work­ing on them but when they screwed them all up and I saw them all run­ning along the fence I was blown away with how good they looked,’’ said Mr McDon­nell. ‘‘They really brighten up the school.’’ Mata­mata artist Anne de Silva was there for the un­veil­ing and said she was im­pressed by the care­fully thought out and well-fin­ished mu­rals.

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