With the support of our school community, the school has created a mural or pictorial pepeha which hangs above the stage in our school hall.
This mural captures our school vision and how it embodies our history, heritage and local surroundings.
The Central Panel
Our waka is our ‘vehicle of learning’ where learners, teachers, whanau, community and the Board of Trustees journey together, riding the crest of our ‘seven waves of learning’ which are Shine, Learn, Vision, Think, Nurture, Grow and Communicate.
Our waka is ‘navigated and driven’ by all those on board, each having a role: Learners leading their Learning. Teachers facilitating the process. Whanau and Community providing guidance and support, and the Board of Trustees providing governance.
The ‘journey’ is also guided by Tawhirimatea with the power of the ‘four winds’ (nga hau e wha) which signifies the ever-changing direction of learning for the individual and the world we live in.
The triangular sail has significance, depicting the use of technologies to assist in the learning process and recognises the ‘markers’ provided by the stars as another means of navigating.
The three seagulls recognise the importance of ‘guides’ in our journey providing further direction and connection to the natural world within which we live.
The Papamoa Hills (Nga Rae Papamoa) are featured as our Maunga (Mountains), recognising the importance of Tangata Whenua (People of the land) and our relationship with the land and our school.
The three whale flukes recognise the importance of one of our local legends (Pakiwaitara). The three maunga in this legend are –
Mangatawa, Hikurangi and Kopukairoa of Mataatua Waka and the hapu (sub tribe) of Nga Potiki.
(Four waka are associated with this area: Mataatua, Te Arawa, Tainui and Takitimu)
The area between Nga Rae Papamoa (the Papamoa Hills) and the beach is traditionally important for Harakeke (Flax), which is represented within the green clusters between the Maunga and the beach. Harakeke also features prominently with triangular whatu bindings which tie the three elements (panels) together.
The Left Panel
This panel contains the Mangopare design (Hammerhead Shark) and the names of the three whales (maunga) acknowledging the whenua (land) that remains when we journey beyond our school of learning and into the wider world.
The Right Panel
This panel depicts six ‘hoe’ (paddles) that signify the importance of whanau and family that continue to guide the learner’s vision.
W Whanaungatanga: Interrelatedness
H Hui: The importance of shared understandings
A Awhi: To support and assist
N Ngati: Inclusiveness
A Aroha: The love of Whanau / Family
U Ukaipo: Protection, Governance