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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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Page last updated: 17 June 2021

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