The Terrace School, unveils award winning mural

The Terrace School in Alexandra has unveiled their award-winning mural, titled ‘Central Otago: What Is Special About Our Place’ as one of ten winners in Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s Resene Wall Worthy Competition 2020.

The mural depicts the Central Otago landscape including golden tussock hills, blue water, beautiful stone bridges and greenery to promote the message we need to look after what we have.

Student Jasmine Jarvis completed this mural on her own supported by her teacher Kellie Mackey. Jasmine painted over weekends and school holidays in Kellie’s garage to get it finished and enlisted the help of her younger sister Manaia to help at times.

“The mural is an absolute credit to Jasmine who shows talent in the area of design and art. We were very pleased to see this mural come to life – from the selection of paints to represent the Central Otago colours, to getting the historical clock in the right place up on the hill, it all was a learning experience,” says teacher Kellie Mackey.

“I am very proud of Jasmine and encourage anyone considering getting involved in this programme to go for it! You will enjoy it from start to finish!”

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 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 ten 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 ten 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 Grove 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”

The Terrace School – ‘Central Otago: What Is Special About Our Place’ 

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