Showing off the new mosaic murals at Bradford School yesterday are (from left) Reyana Barringer-Tairi (11), Katelyn Phillips (10), Abbie Fern (10), Campbell Nielson (9), Salesi Takataka (7), Luke Moffitt (7), Zaraya Taita (5) and Sora Ishikawa (6). Photo by Jane Dawber.
The children at Bradford School take their art projects
Over the past six weeks, pupils have transformed the school
into a huge art exhibition.
"This term has been devoted to art, as well as other
schoolwork like reading and writing," principal Melissa
Mitchell-Bain said yesterday.
"We wanted to show the culture at our school and also the
culture of our school."
The children were mentored by artists Andrew Wills, Ange
Spears and Lynn Taylor as they created seven different art
projects around the school, including four mosaic murals,
four welcoming pou, a Japanese garden and a picket fence.
Each of the 93 pupils at the school also contributed to a 5m
by 2m mural on the school building.
Parents, staff and former pupils spent the weekend installing
the features and grouting the mosaics.
"It's been a real community effort, which has made it super
special," Mrs Mitchell-Bain said.
More than 250 people attending the unveiling of the artworks
at Bradford School on Wednesday night.