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Rimu School

Region: Otago/Southland

Art form: Painting

Project name: Tangata ako ana i te kaenga, te turanga ki te marae, tau ana - A person nurtured in the community contributes strongly to society

Creative name: Jemima Pedro

Project information:

Outcomes for students and ākonga: Our tamariki developed a stronger understanding of the whakapapa of our kura through researching our history in preparation for designing the mural. They benefited hugely from working with creative Jemima learning visual art techniques including painting, drawing in grids, and design. The tamariki developed a strong connection to the mural and sense of pride. They commented that they can see themselves reflected in the final outcome. Our gifted artists had the opportunity to extend their skills by working in small groups with Jemima on aspects of the mural. Many children said that they want to be an artist when they grow up.

Outcomes for teachers and kaiako: Our kaiako benefited from learning new painting techniques and being inspired to teach through an artist’s study. The project supported new staff to learn more about our school archives and local history, which will support their social sciences teaching.

Outcomes for creative: The creative grew in confidence working with tamariki across the school to teach artistic techniques. She developed a stronger understanding of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, aroha, ako, and mana motuhake. She strengthened her processes for creating large scale murals, while involving tamariki in each step of the process. She thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work in our school community and realise a visual representation of our school community.

Outcomes for parents and whānau: Our BOT was involved in the evaluation of the design concepts to ensure that the mural reflected our whole community. Our community discovered more about our area through learning about the symbols on the mural. Parents often stop to admire and take in the detail in the mural. Whānau also commented about how much their tamariki enjoyed being part of the design and creative process.

Project status: Completed

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