Linden pupils are proud of their “4 Cs”: “confident, competent, considerate and creative”.

Art and craft are among the ways they demonstrate this. In term 2 and 3 of 2017, the Pottery Club had exhibitions at a local café and in a pop-up gallery, and, alongside the Garden Club and the Sewing Club, at Tawa Library.

The focus in term 4 was a ceramic mural for which all year 6 students designed and made a tile on the theme of “trees that remind me of home.” They were ably supported by their teacher, Bex Dabbs.

For pupils, the project brought together performance virtues of confidence and competence in shaping and joining clay, with the moral virtue of consideration: the tile was their leaving gift to the school, for future students (perhaps one day their own children) to enjoy.

Coconut palms, kowhai, pohutakawa and koru were popular, with leaves and twigs cleverly worked into elements of national flags. A big hairy spider enlivens the scenery. Creativity as an intellectual virtue is evident in all of the tiles.

This year the school has added a 5th “C”: “connected”. It would be appropriate to thank Warren and Sue from Wellington Potters Supplies for their advice, Kapiti potter Vinny, who comes into Linden school as part of her work with Deaf pupils, and Board member, Liz Langham, for their support.

The mural is “another great example of what awesome things happen in a community when someone gets an idea, connects with others and makes it happen!” says Liz.

Confident, competent, considerate, creative and connected

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