Many of you will have noticed the beautiful art work on and beside the hall. The large artwork is based on a piece done by Alisa in Room 14. Each segment represents a culture. Every student in the school has their handprint on the painting in the colour that represents their culture. Thanks to Mrs Yates and to Mr Pavlovich for creating and displaying the mahi of our tamariki.
Glen Eden Primary School celebrates many different cultures. These have been represented in our “Blossoming Tree”.
A seed of each country has been planted extending into a root, woven around the truck and branching out into the world.
8 main cultural groups were first identified and Year 6 students chose the group they wished to represent.
The students then carefully researched the most common design in the cultural group. Students learnt about the national flower, bird or species unique to that country.
A design was then chosen that had a significant meaning. The colours and arrangement of the design were also chosen as being typical to that country. Countries not represented as main branches have been included through the use of their national bird or flower.
Karina and her group chose their design because they are the basic symbols used in Samoan Art. The squares represent the fish net; this design comes not from a fish net but from nets of different sizes used in older times to hunt pigeons and to catch turtles. The net symbol was commonly used in both leaf and carved Upeti. Their national flower is the Teuila Flower. Green and brown are the national colours of Samoan Art.
Lily and her group chose their design because it represents the people from China. It is called the Bao Xiang Hower, it is the respectful word used to address the portrait of a Buddha, beauty and precious. The colours are green, blue, black and red. The next design is a dragon; it is represented because it goes around things like trees and buildings. The next design is China’s national flower, it is the Peony Tree.
Our group chose their design of fish bones, shark teeth and shells. The crab also represents the beach, the clear water and sea life. The flowers represent the mysterious forest and the beauty of flowers.
New Zealand Maori
The Maori group chose their design because it represents how Maui fished up New Zealand.The fish hook is coloured in red, black and white because these are the colours most commonly used in Maori Art.
Our group chose their design because the lotus flower is the national flower of India and the mango is one of the most eaten and most delicious fruit of India.We also drew a peacock on the side because the peacock in the national bird of India.We chose the colours red, orange and green because they are the three colours mostly used in India.
Gladys and her group chose their design because it represents the woman who designed this Kupesi, her name was Hulita Tuifua.Our next design is our national flower the Heilala which represents the beautifulness of our body.
Pranav and his group chose their design because the coconut leaf means a lot to Fiji because they can make houses, baskets, rafts and mats. The coconut tree is also very important to Fiji as the coconut life cycle is just like the human life cycle.Also chosen was the turtle which symbolises peace in Fiji and the sun which symbolises that the sun always shines over Fiji.
Chloe and her group chose the hibiscus because it is the national flower of the Cook Islands.The colours they used were yellow, dark and light green, red and white being the common colours in the Cook Islands.
Other Countries also represented are:
Philippines: The Green Pheasant Kiji and their national flower King Protea.
Kiribati: The Black Face Wax Bill.
Croatia: National Flower, the Iris Croatica.