Pro­gramme in­spires school’s mu­ral

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Strath­more School stu­dents will re­turn to a school this year with a bright new mu­ral.

The paint­ing was un­veiled near the end of the school year in De­cem­ber and sur­rounds the school’s sand­pit.

The mu­ral recog­nises the first year of the Ki­wican pro­gramme at the school; its cre­ation was or­gan­ised by the school’s two Ki­wican lead­ers.

At the mu­ral’s un­veil­ing Strath­more prin­ci­pal Mur­ray Ken­drick said there had been talk of dec­o­rat­ing the sand­pit area for sev­eral years.

Mr Ken­drick said the Ki­wican pro­gramme, which teaches val­ues in weekly classes, had had a ‘‘re­ally sig­nif­i­cant’’ ef­fect on the school.

Pro­gramme co-or­di­na­tor Tash We­hipeiana-Kaea said the mu­ral was painted for and in­spired by the Ki­wican stu­dents.

Mrs We­hipeiana-Kaea said the mu­ral was painted with a lot of help from fel­low Ki­wican leader Jimi Roberts and their fam­i­lies.

Each of the eight pan­els in the mu­ral told a story she said. Each class­room had its own space and the hand prints of al­most all stu­dents at the school last year were in­cor­po­rated into the mu­ral.

Ki­wican is run in 73 schools around New Zealand.

The other Toko­roa school us­ing Ki­wican is David Henry School.

ART­FUL: Strath­more School stu­dents check out the new mu­ral at their school.

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