Takapuna mural inspires form classes

A while ago in Te Reo o Te Roto, we brought you the story of the Westlake students who had participated in creating a mural that was installed in Takapuna. The 60m mural was created by schools across the North Shore, under the umbrella of Pupuke Kāhui Ako and working with Auckland Council regeneration agency Eke Panuku.

The project was led by local artist and Westlake Alumni Emma Ormsby of Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Porou descent, with support from mana whenua. Emma is a student at Elam School of Fine Arts and Te Wananga ō Aotearoa, and is undertaking a major in Whakairo (Māori wood-carving).

One of our teachers, Bethan Meikle, was so impressed with the project that she decided to launch “Magnificent Murals” competition where form classes created murals made up of images which reflected the interests, identities, diversity, uniqueness and values of all the people in that form class.

It was a brilliant success with some outstandingly creative murals produced.

9AST won the outstanding award for effort and detail, collecting 20 House points for their submission (pictured top). “The idea came from Kaitlyn Kong in our Form Class who thought interconnecting puzzle pieces would be a good representation of us connecting as a class,” said Form Teacher Kate Segetin. “This was such a great idea to get everyone involved.”