Thursday December 7, 2017
Pupils’ mural depicts Brooklyn’s past and present
Greater Wellington regional councillor Ian McKinnon with the Room 9 and 10 classes of Brooklyn School in front of their new bus stop mural on Ohiro Road. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams
Commuters waiting for the bus at the top of Brooklyn hill now have something to look at thanks to the efforts of year 7 and 8 pupils at Brooklyn School. A new mural was unveiled at the bus stop on the corner of Ohiro Rd and Tanera Cres. It is split into two parts: The left half depicts Brooklyn’s Cleveland St including a tram from 100 years ago, while the right half shows what the shopping district looks like today with a Go Wel-
lington bus, as well as the iconic wind turbine in the background. Teachers Kathryn Harris and Jo Wheeler, who lead the school’s Room 9 and 10 classes, say the mural was inspired by the Student Volunteer Army that visited the school earlier in the year. “We had a vision of doing a community-based beautification project. This is one of the ideas we came up with,” Jo says. “Another group cleaned up Central Park.” “We spent some of the third term working on the design then
went about doing it in the last term,” Kathryn says. Greater Wellington councillor Ian McKinnon attended the official unveiling of the mural on behalf of the council. He told the schoolchildren that the regional council, which manages the bus network, really appreciated what the school had done. “Murals like this add interest to our bus shelters and enhances them. It’s something really important and I’m thrilled the community is doing things like
this.” Dzine Signs provided the paint, panels and an attachment for the mural, all funded by council. Brooklyn isn’t the first local school to initiate such a project - last month South Wellington Intermediate unveiled two murals at a bus stop in Rintoul St, also done in conjunction with Greater Wellington. However Brooklyn School’s mural was a coincidence and not part of any plan for schools to undertake them at bus stops citywide.
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