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There’s no ignoring the colourful
and energetic spirit of Garston
School thanks to the creative
efforts of its pupils who have
illustrated what it means to
During a week-long visit by
renowned artist Janet de Wagt,
the school’s 33 pupils created
a series of banners and panels
representing the theme of the
school – Spirit of Garston.
Spirit – being an acronym for
Innovative and Thinking
intelligently – represents the
core values of the school that are
aimed to be evident through every
aspect of curriculum delivery.
Principal Kathryn O’Loughlin
the values were all part of a
new school ethos promoting
opportunities to develop skills for
living and learning and relating
well to others.
The “Spirit” was a way of
describing these skills to children
to help them understand what
they meant in different situations.
In creating the artwork they were
able to illustrate what the values
meant to them in their school
Ms de Wagt said every child in the
school had an input into the work
from initial designs to painting the
It was interesting to see what they
saw as important in their school
and the wider community – from
the helicopter that flew overhead
daily to hunting, fishing, eeling,
duckshooting and riding farm
motorbikes to the Kingston Flyer to
Teacher aide Pam Naylor said Ms
de Wagt’s attendance had been
made possible by a grant from the
Athol Gallery Trust. The trust was
formed to run a gallery in the old
Athol School in the early 1990s
but was later closed up and sold.
The money was invested and used
to sponsor artistic opportunities in
It was exciting to see the children
given such an opportunity to
express themselves creatively and
it was interesting to see what they
saw as important and their place
in the community, Mrs Naylor said
For example, they children had
elected not to date their work but
instead put the school’s opening
date of 1879 in recognition of its
history and continuity.
At the end of the week the pupils
had produced a series of Spirit
panels that will be displayed at the
entrance to the school.
Two 3.5m long banners will hang
either side of the flagpole and
some smaller banners were made
to promote their whanau groups.
Spirited artwork at Garston
Garston School pupils with the panels they designed and painted to promote the values of their school.
Southland artist Janet de Wagt who spent last week at Garston School helping
the pupils to visualise and illustrate the spirit of their school and community.
Ella Wilkins (left), 13, and Jamie Abernethy, 12, putting some finishing touches
to a banner.
Northern Southland mothers
are being encouraged to join the
country’s annual breastfeeding
marathon as they latch their
babies on for a feed on Friday
Last year New Zealand recorded
1122 women breastfeeding
simultaneously, this year it is
anticipated that even more
mothers will be counted breaking
the record, which has been broken
annually since 2005.
This is the fifth year Women’s
Health Action has co-ordinated the
record attempt as part of World
Breastfeeding Week celebrations.
Northern Southland co-ordinator
Jeanna Rodgers said every year
a new theme emerged. This year
it was “Breastfeeding: A vital
“Big emergencies may not happen
in New Zealand but we do respond
to emergencies particularly in the
Pacific and this theme gives us the
opportunity to remind donors that
giving infant formula and or baby
food products can cause more
harm than good.
“The safest way to feed an
infant in an emergency is from
the breast. That is what will be
happening throughout the country
and here at Lumsden Maternity
Centre, 10.30am on Friday the 7th
of August,” she said.
For more information on the
Northern Southland event, Mrs
Rodgers can be contacted on (03)
248-7470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the
national event see www.womens-
health.org.nz or contact Women’s
Health Action (09) 520-5295.
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