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Grantlea Downs School in Timaru has unveiled their award-winning mural, titled ‘Cultural Celebration’ as one of ten winners in Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s Resene Wall Worthy Competition 2020.

The mural celebrates the 20 different cultures at the school by incorporating different plants and animals from around the world.

Teacher Aide Penni Naylor says: “We had 35 children involved in preparing the wall, design and painting. We are incredibly proud of our children and the mural they have created.”

The Resene Wall Worthy Competition, which is part of the Paint New Zealand Beautiful programme, ran from February to March 2020, with schools, early childhood centres and youth groups around New Zealand asked to submit a mural design which celebrated their local history or nature conservation theme, which could then be painted on a wall in their local community.

From all of the submissions received, 15 designs were chosen as finalists and put to public vote at the start of April. Over 5,500 votes were received, and the 10 winners were chosen. The winning schools receive a $750 Resene paint voucher, drop cloth and high vis vests as well as $500 prize money for murals completed by the end of Term 1, 2021.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful CEO, Heather Saunderson said: “Our Paint New Zealand Beautiful programme engages with students, communities and artists to paint their little piece of New Zealand beautiful. We were so impressed with all the submissions made for this year’s Resene Wall Worthy Competition and inundated with votes for the top 10 winners. During these trying times as we navigate through the uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s heartening to see schools, early childhood centres and community groups inspire beauty and work together within their local communities to bring these murals to life.”

The ten Resene Wall Worthy Competition winners and regions are listed below, and their designs can be viewed here.

  • Conifer Grover School, Auckland – “Paddling the Waka Together to Reach New Horizons”
  • Kaharoa School, Rotorua – “Tā Mātou Pai Ake”
  • Glenavy School, Waimate – “Haerenga (Journey)”
  • The Terrace School 2, Central Otago – “Keep New Zealand Beautiful”
  • Spotswood College, New Plymouth – “Nga Atua”
  • Grantlea Downs School, Timaru – “Cultural Celebration”
  • Broomfield School, Hurunui – “Together We Are One”
  • Levin Intermediate, Horowhenua – “Kiwiana”
  • Arapohue School, Kaipara – “UNITY”
  • Hatea-a-Rangi School, Gisborne – “A tatou korero – Our Stories”

Grantlea Downs School mural – Cultural Celebration

You can watch the creation of the mural here.

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