Carvings’ powerful symbolism ever present
Projector project accomplished
Teaching at Forest View High School has just become much easier with 25 data projectors installed by ABB.
Principal Richard Crawford had purchased the equipment without considering who would install them.
ABB technician Mark Mahutonga said the company heard about the situation and Two pieces of totara, each carved into a koru-shaped logo, have been blessed during a powhiri at Tainui Full Primary School.
More than 300 students, parents and staff attended the powhiri late last month.
Principal Richard Peters said the logo was designed by South Waikato woman Melanie Potter and carved by Lionel Matenga.
The carvings now hang in the school hall and reception.
The project has taken more than three years to develop.
The koru motif represents nurturing and growth, in this case the teachers, pupils, staff, family and community who support education.
The dramatic curve passing through the design indicates forward movement and the variance of colour represents the multicultural nature of the school.
Principal Richard Peters said the logo and motto reflect the school’s beliefs.
‘‘It is something we run the whole school by,’’ he said.
‘‘Being proud of yourself and it is about continuing to move onwards and upwards – that we are always making progress.’’ decided to lend a helping hand.
‘‘We thought this would be quite good for our community days,’’ he said.
‘‘We actually came up during the school holidays and finished off 23 of the 25 data projectors.’’
Mark said the decision to help Forest View High School was an opportunity to give back to the community.
Mr Crawford said the new technology had opened up opportunities for teachers and students and had made teaching easier.
Teacher Vicki Wolfe is one of those benefiting from the projectors.
‘‘ We just did our seventh form speeches and they had to use a visual aide.
‘‘In the past they would have only been able to use the whiteboard,’’ Ms Wolfe said.
NEW LOOK: Tainui Full Primary School principal Richard Peters proudly shows off one of two new carvings of the school’s logo.