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Tawhai School


School Mural Unveiling


November 23 2017

A vision of our cultural Responsive team, Dave Whiteman & Deb Barnden came to fruition today with the unveiling of the long awaited school mural. A mural that will not only reflect the 6 year journey that students will make through Tawhai School but give them a sense of belonging, that this is their place.
Principal Karen Poole welcomed everyone who was present at the unveiling and began by acknowledging the people who have been involved in this very special project, Dave Whiteman, Deb Barnden, the Year one teachers, the parents, the Tamariki and of course, Lloyd and Gavin who worked so hard to get the murals varnished, screwed onto boards and put up ready for the unveiling. But the biggest acknowledgement must go to a very special gentlemen, artist Darcy Nicholas who shared so much of his time and expertise with the team and truly inspired and touched people on this wonderful journey.
Darcy was presented with his own ‘special mural tile’ by 5 year old artist, Rory Brown and together they cut the ribbon to unveil the mural.
Our Nga Tama Toa boys performed a very stirring haka and Kitana, Tuifaina and Te Rangitaurewa sang Hallelujah beautifully.
The ceremony concluded with a karakia from Matua Whaitiri and the parents present were invited to enjoy lunch with their children on this beautiful day.