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Aparima College

Region: Otago/Southland

Art form: Sculpture, Poetic composition

Project name: Regeneration

Creative name: Wayne Hill, Anna Cannon, Teoti Jardine

Project summary

Outcomes for students and ākonga: Students loved the hands-on nature of sculpting and the chance to transform poetic ideas into sculpture and seeing their poetry and sculpture displayed at two exhibitions. This project had a profound effect on two Māori students as it linked them with their culture through whakairo (carving) and whaikorero (story). Positive relationships were built between the creatives and the students, who appreciated the different ‘teaching’ style and small-group attention. Most students felt a stronger link with their local area, which in turn improved their well-being.

Outcomes for teachers and kaiako: This project was challenging in terms of time management, student management and motivation but the level of student engagement made up for this. Opportunities were created for personal learning about local stories and collaboration with the community and other departments in the school. The project created cross-overs with higher numbers of visitors to the NCEA art exhibition and inspired year 10 student interest in art as an NCEA subject.

Outcomes for creatives: Creatives were inspired by the students’ work, which encouraged their own poetry and sculpture. They faced time management and student motivation challenges, which required them to be flexible, but they learned a lot about school structures and young people.

Project status: Completed

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