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Marking a journey . . . Glenavy School's concept Haerenga (Journey), celebrates the children at the school and the journey they take through their primary education. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by George Clark

Two South Canterbury primary schools have won a national award for their environmental mural designs as part of the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Resene Wall Worthy competition run throughout New Zealand.

Glenavy School and Grantlea Downs School were two of 10 winners announced earlier this month.

The competition ran from February through March and asked schools, early childhood centres and youth groups around the country to submit a mural design which celebrated either their local history or a nature conservation theme.

From all of the submissions received, 15 designs were chosen as finalists and put to public vote at the start of April. More than 5500 votes were received and 10 winners were announced.

Celebrating diversity . . . Grantlea Downs School’s Cultural Celebration celebrates the diverse culture of the school and the beautiful area it is situated in. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The winning schools will both receive a $750 Resene paint voucher, drop cloth and high visibility vests to help them to bring their designs to life on a wall in their local community, as well as $500 prize money for murals completed by the end of Term 1, 2021.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful CEO, Heather Saunderson said she was very impressed by every submission made for this year’s competition.

“Our Paint New Zealand Beautiful programme engages with students, communities and artists to paint their little piece of New Zealand beautiful. During these trying times as we navigate through the uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s heartening to see schools, early childhood centres and community groups inspire beauty and work together within their local communities to keep New Zealand beautiful.

All supplies to start the murals will be arranged once the Covid-19 Level 4 lockdown is lifted.