Carv­ings’ pow­er­ful sym­bol­ism ever present

Pro­jec­tor project ac­com­plished

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES By ADEN MILES

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.

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