Pupils’ sculpture to stay at school

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Carving it up .. Timaru Boys' High School pupils (from left) Adam Keen, Harry Taylor and Connor Horsley (all 15) have created a sculpture as part of the school's arts week. PHOTO: AL WILLIAMS

by Al Williams

A sculpture carved of Oamaru stone will become a permanent fixture at Timaru Boys’ High School.
Pupils Adam Keen, Harry Taylor and Connor Horsley created the piece from a 500kg school’s two-yearly arts week.
The pupils, under the guidance of staff, spent three days last week carving the piece, which Harry said was based on the school’s values – “Power” (pride, our responsibility, willing participant, earning respect and the right attitude).
“We very much enjoyed the challenge and we would do it again,” Harry said.
The sculpture would soon be permanently placed on the school grounds.
Last week, school pupils had the option of working in multiple fields which culminated in a showcase on Friday afternoon.
School rector Nick McIvor provided opportunities for pupils to “discover the extraordinary in themselves, as they try the extraordinary throughout the week”.
“For many of the pupils it was a case of stepping outside their comfort zones and discovering hidden talents.
“For others it was a chance to refine their skills and work with experts in their field,” Mr McIvor said.
“The activities have been as varied as working, sculpting or adorning wood, stone, flax, or fabric, honing circus skills, sound mixing, calligraphy, photography, green screen skills, guitar, hip hop and magic trick performance.
“The creative juices have been flowing freely.”
School guidance counsellor Tony Bunting said the week’s activities gave pupils something outside the National Certificate of Educational Achievement curriculum.
“This is about freedom of expression,” he said.