Programme inspires school’s mural
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.