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Case studies

Newtown School, Wellington: Butterflies Together (2020)

Artist Paul Forrest worked with students, staff, and whānau to explore the concept of transformation, drawing on students’ cultural stories to create an enduring outdoor public exhibition.


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Taita College, Lower Hutt: One Heart, One Beat (2020)

Artist Chevron Hassett collaborated with senior students to produce a series of portraits that uphold the essence and mana of the students, their cultures, and the wider community.


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Sylvia Park School, Auckland: My Turangawaewae (2021) 

Students and staff at Sylvia Park School took part in a learning journey encompassing the arts, mathematics, tikanga, and identity. Many hands, hearts, and minds have contributed to the large tapa cloth artwork proudly on display in Sylvia Park School’s reception area. The collaborative project is called My Turangawaewae and it comprises many squares; each square reflecting the identity and culture of the student who created it. The school engaged interdisciplinary artist Alexis Neal in Term 1 to work with their years 4, 5, and 6 students on the project. 

Read more on Education Gazette:  My Turangawaewae – exploring identity through the arts .

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Rosehill College, Auckland: Hip Hop fundamentals (2021) 

Students at Rosehill College learned about the culture and history behind Hip Hop and Street Dance styles. The school worked with Alexandra Page on a creative project that combined practical lessons with historical and contextual knowledge to help students develop a wider respect and understanding of the style and culture it came from.  

Read more (story is courtesy of Big Idea NZ:  Creatives and Teachers on the Same Page ).

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Kelburn Normal School, Wellington: Performing Maui (2020) 

Students at Kelburn Normal School were engaged in retelling the stories of Maui using ngā toi Māori to strengthen key competencies and student voice and agency. The school engaged drama experts Rawiri Hindle and Bert Van Dijk to co-construct with teachers a cycle of plays inspired by the stories of Maui. The plays were created and performed by each home learning team for each other, and then for parents and whānau.

Read more on Education Gazette:  Breathing life into learning .

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Māpua School: Toi Whakairo (Pou Whenua)

Internationally-acclaimed local master carver and tattoo artist, Gordon Toi, helped students create the pou, showcasing what the children treasured about their community. Children drew ideas based on what they valued in Māpua, with the pou intended to tell their story and mark their place. Working with Gordon enabled learners to gain greater insight into Māori culture.

Read more (story courtesy of Stuff Limited: School art project weaves cultures past, present and future )

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Te Wharekura o Mauao, Tauranga: Takitimu (2021) 

Ākonga at Te Wharekura o Mauao delivered a full-scale production of Takitimu. The bilingual performance features a mix of different storytelling elements, including haka, singing, dance, and spoken word poetry. It looks at the navigation and challenges of Takitimu and contextualises it in the present day. They worked with director Jason Te Mete and choreographer Vincent Farane to produce this performance.

Read more (story is courtesy of Big Idea NZ:  Opening New Doors to Creativity in Schools )

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Glenholme School, Rotorua: The Stories through Glass (2021) 

Students took part in a project that combines science and artistry behind glass fusing while exploring aspects of their diverse cultural identities and giving them opportunities to tell their own stories.

With guidance from local artist Jayne Baume, students learned about the different properties of glass and created pieces that reflect the many cultures that make up their school whānau.

Read more (story courtesy of Rotorua Daily Post: Glenholme School proudly displays creations from the magic of glass art )

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St Mary’s Catholic School, Rotorua: The Journey Project (2021) 

Students worked with local artist Jessica Newman to create art pieces that help spread positive thoughts in their community. The project includes exploring the art of clay modelling, carving, making armour, and painting. 

Throughout the project, students were finding their creative voice while learning how to increase their confidence and resilience.

Read more (story courtesy of Rotorua Daily Post:  St Mary's Catholic School pupils excited to spread positive message ).

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Page last updated: 17 June 2021

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