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Thursday 6 July 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Art, Education, Features, National


Students design turtle shell replicas for fundraising effort
Titikaveka College students are proud to showcase the replica turtle shells, a combined effort from the art classes. Back Left: Ngatokotoru Tataio, Nooroa Silas Tuaine and Melcome Tangimetua. Front Left: Tangiia Tupuna, Jayden Tua and Harlem Hand. MELINA ETCHES/ 23063003

Titikaveka Students are channelling creativity in their art classes having crafted replica turtle carapace (shell) designs which are now on display.

The schools Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 classes have all had a creative hand in the project under the guidance of art teacher Sam Thomas.

The students have all collaborated on the project, turning used paper (recycling) into cardboard, creating them into the shape of hexagons for the turtle shell designs.

“These designs are durable and the kids have done a really good job,” said Thomas.

The young artists have combined their talent to raise funds for a school trip to Mauke later in the year and are selling the turtle shell pieces for $100 each.

“Hopefully this will be really good support for the kids,” he said.

“Maybe the community who cares about art in the school might want to pitch in and buy some for their homes especially seeing it’s a good cause.

“Also, it’s quite interesting that turtles are a draw in the village of Titikaveka where the school is… and lets not overlook the fact that turtles are beautiful and they are the ones enticing people to the passage.”

“The artworks are the ideal splash of colour for the home, Air BnB or resort, and reminds us of the beauty of the island’s resident sea turtle population that are so popular with tourists and locals alike, as the sale of real turtle shells is prohibited.

The proceeds of the replica turtle shell art pieces will go towards the Titikaveka College Year 7 and 8 upcoming school trip to the island of Mauke. For those who would like to purchase a piece, please contact Nga Charlie on phone 56687.