Painted rock a good omen for Eden from across the ditch

A Good Omen: Eden Burton from Christchurch New Zealand holds the rock she organised to be delivered to Eden Public School. Photo used with permission by Lorelle Burton

A Good Omen: Eden Burton from Christchurch New Zealand holds the rock she organised to be delivered to Eden Public School. Photo used with permission by Lorelle Burton

A small hand-painted rock on the classroom doorstep was an unusual thing to find upon arrival at school on Monday morning.

However, for Eden Public School grade 5/6 teacher Jenny Edwards it turned out to be a wonderful surprise.

The rock, bearing the stencil of a white fern leaf on a black background, came all the way from "across the ditch" as a small gesture of love and kindness from seven-year-old Eden Burton from Christchurch, New Zealand.

Eden and her family are part of a rock painting group based in Christchurch, whose aim is to spread kindness and love through painting rocks and leaving them in special places for others to find.

Eden's mother Laurelle Burton said the family was inspired to become rock painters after coming across a painted rock in a park. On the back of the rock was the 'Christchurch Rocks' official Facebook page and so they checked them out and the rest is history.

The page, which has more than 6000 members, encourages people to create good vibes, spreading artworks by leaving them to be found.

Since her Nana was travelling to Australia, Eden thought Eden was the ideal place to pass her rock on to.

"It is not our rock and the artist is unknown. My daughter found it and thought it was an awesome rock to send to Australia with Nana. Many rocks go travelling," Ms Burton said.

"So Nana chose the Eden school to spread the love and kept going on her way."

Coming from Christchurch, Ms Burton said her daughters like to "give back" especially after the recent events the city has been through.

"I was pregnant with the twins in the 2011 earthquakes, they were born into a city that received so much love and support, for these kids it's natural to give back."

After the recent Christchurch shootings, rock painters created "kindness boxes" at the massacre sites.

"People painted kindness rocks with words of encouragement and love scribed on them and placed them into boxes. Those that needed them were able help themselves to them, " Ms Burton explained.

A screen shot picture of "kindness boxes" filled with rocks bearing words of love and encouragement. Photo supplied by Laurelle Burton

A screen shot picture of "kindness boxes" filled with rocks bearing words of love and encouragement. Photo supplied by Laurelle Burton

Eden's mother Laurelle Burton said her daughter hoped the rock would spread some love as well as inspiring other children to "enjoy rock painting and hunting for rocks".

Ironically, teacher Jenny Edwards said the rock arrived with perfect timing since she had just purchased a rock painting kit for her class over the weekend.

"I find it intriguing and such a fantastic idea and we will definitely do something more with the idea. It was a really lovely gesture and nice little omen to find on our doorstep."

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