Students brighten school
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.