Thursday, 22 March 2018

Project Jonah and our Sea Mural

We have completed our collaborative masterpiece. The discussion, debate and fun in planning, designing, creating and finalising our project have resulted in a very pleasing piece of art. A spark of an idea from Chanel during the start of Sea Week ignited this project.

Concept Drawing by Cynthia, Indy and Leora
Debating the location of Titanic's final resting place.
All Hands to the Deck
Attention to detail!

Blending carefully.

Collaborative effort.
Project Jonah's Team came to visit Sunnyhills on Wednesday. We learned so much information. Did you know that there are 88 different types of whales and dolphins in the oceans worldwide, and 44 of those species are found in New Zealand waters? We are home to the endemic endangered Hector Dolphin - the smallest dolphin in the world. It was tragic to hear on five being killed in fishing nets this week. The size of these magnificent creatures of the sea was measured out with a tape measure - wow - the size of the smallest dolphin is as big as a Year 3 student right through to the Blue Whale that would span the width of our Sunnyhills Hall as you face the stage!

We learned how to take charge of a whale stranding and the steps we should take to ensure their well being. 
  • Call 0800 4 WHALE or 111 and ask for the Fire Service

Final Placement Decisions
While you wait - get started on the rescue:
  1. Keep the whales or dolphins wet with sea water (they are sea creatures)
  2. Don't cover their blowhole (they breathe oxygen) or their eyes (they like to see what is going on)
  3. Cover them with wet sheets - this keeps them wet and protects them from sunburn
Why do whales, orca and dolphins get stranded? There are a number of reasons including being unwell and malnourished OR because they are chasing their favourite food source into shallow waters and then get stuck. Orcas LOVE stingrays. 

Many sea creatures die because of ingesting plastic. What can we do? Be sure that plastic doesn't go into the ocean via the storm-water drains - pickup rubbish on our roads and beaches. Be part of the NO PLASTIC movement to help our planet and its amazing creatures. 

Come in and see our Sea Mural sometime!


  1. Anna, Emily’s mum23 March 2018 at 20:28

    Such a great mural Room 3 and a great opportunity to expand your learning through artistic expression. Great to see it close up at assembly too. Well done everyone!

  2. Betsy and catherine29 March 2018 at 09:59

    Well done! You put lots of effort in your work. How long did it take all of you to finish it? Did you have fun creating it?

  3. I think room 3's art looks amazing in the hallway.

  4. This is such an impressive piece of collaborative artwork and learning room 3!

  5. WOW! That sea mural looks amazing Well done Room 3.

  6. Great Job Room 3, love seeing this mural in the corridor.