Mount Cook School
Lyne Pringle works as a dance artist with all classes at Mount Cook Primary school in Wellington
Mount Cook Students Dancing
About the school
Mount Cook is a decile 2 inner city Wellington school with a role of 150. It is a multi-ethnic school with many students who have English as a second language. The whole school, with the exception of 30 senior students, was involved in the dance project
What the artist discovered
- I learned a lot about pedagogy watching the teachers at Mt Cook.
- I have a deeper understanding of the different requirements of each age group.
- The curiosity and joy of inquiry that very young children bring to learning has been a delight for me.
- The level of absolute satisfaction I have gained creatively from this residency has been a pleasant surprise.
- Bringing together my work at Wellington Performing Arts Centre & Mt Cook school meant these two institutions got to know each other, enhancing a sense of community in this inner city area.
- Linking the project with Wellington High School, Strike music ensemble and local residents was a great success.
- The project afforded me the opportunity to develop my ideas about using dance & theatre to build communities.
What the teacher discovered
- We were enthusiastic, engaged & took part in the dance sessions
- It exposed us to a whole area we don't have strengths in
- It reaffirmed our desire to offer the students a wide variety of arts opportunities
- We saw individual children flourish who were quite unexpected- cross-culture and cross-gender
- Lyne Pringle was an incredibly easy colleague to work with- inclusiveness, enthusiasm, skill level made it easy for all of us to be engaged
- The opportunity for the whole school to be involved over a term
- We were impressed at the skill level the students achieved over a ten week period