Last year a group of talented students worked with local artist Charlotte Steark to create this beautiful mural in the Education Pavilion in Secret Valley.
The walls were transformed with designs depicting local flora and fauna. There is also a seascape with a sustainability theme (marine reserves, food chain and sustainable fishing).
It was thought the formerly white walls could be a target for graffiti. Now its hoped this gorgeous mural will be a source of pride and inspiration for present, past and future Pukerua Bay School students.
One of the five key principles of Enviro Schools is Sustainable Communities. As an Enviro-School we try to live in a sustainable way – looking after the planet and ourselves. We encourage others to join us and we aim to be role models and teachers for the people around us.
Another key principle is Respect for Diversity of People and Culture. One way we upheld this principle was by drawing our artists from across the school community. All ages were represented. This is important as we want our senior students to develop leadership experience to take as they move on to college. We also want our junior students to develop and bring their experience through the school as they grow.
For those not familiar with Secret Valley, it is a small bush area in the gully created by Waimapihi Stream. It sits between the railway line (near the Pukerua Bay Railway Station) and Takutai Road.
Around 1997 this area was restored by local community groups. It contains a walking track, several small bridge and the education centre. Pukerua Bay School students have previously been involved in cleaning up rubbish in this area. The school hopes to be involved in future developments in this area, including developing signage.