Pupils’ sculptures make connections

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Aparima College Year 10 pupil Samantha Moore points to part of her creation Birds In Flight which was created from recycling metal — one of the art installations along the Riverton/Aparima Wellbeing Walkway.
Aparima College Year 10 pupil Jayden Lawson sits on a bench he made for the school’s Wellbeing Walkway which overlooks Jacobs River Estuary.

CREATED by fire, the recycled metal birds seem to be flying among the trees along the Wellbeing Walkway at the rear of Aparima College in Riverton.

The flock of birds was created by Year 10 pupil Samantha Moore as part of a Creatives In School Project which the school had undertaken throughout 2020.

Samantha (15) said she had been inspired by the nearby sea, seagulls and the impact these had on the local environment, such as helping to spread seeds.

With help of Riverton artist Wayne Hill, she had cut them out of discarded metal, and put them in a fire pit to give them a tarnished burnt look before hanging them among the old macrocarpa trees along the walkway.

Teacher Lynne Grove said the 300m walkway, which was part of a proposed circular walkway around Riverton and the Te Araroa nation-wide walk, had been created throughout the year focusing on local history, art, creativity and the environment.

Using found materials, with most collected from nearby beaches and rivers, the Year 10 pupils created and installed 16 sculptures along the walkway, with the theme nected us to the land and what makes us happy’.

Among the works was a table and bench created by Jayden Lawson (15) which overlooked Jacobs River Estuary and outlet to the sea.

“It was a good place for people to sit and see the view of the boats and estuary,” he said.

More than 30 senior pupils worked on the project, with teams of two for each sculpture, Mrs Grove said.

With the help of poet Teoti Jardine, the pupils also wrote poems to link in with the sculptures and explain what they were about.

As part of the ongoing wellbeing project, pupils and members of the community also planted more than 1000 native trees, with the help of Environment Southland, Mrs Grove said.

“We planted every Wednesday afternoon during elective sessions, especially from the start of Term 3.”

To mark the completion of the walkway and planting of the trees, the college hosted a community eco-picnic last month, where people were encouraged to adopt a tree or trees to help water, weed and care for them through the summer holidays and possibly longer.

The tree project, along with its garden and waste reduction projects, helped the school towards gaining this year’s Keep New Zealand Beautiful sustainable School Award recently.Sports News2020 Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “UNC Obsidian” For Girls 575441-140

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