Marlborough Girls' College
Region: Nelson / Marlborough / West Coast
Art form: Pacific Arts / Performing Arts
Project name: Pasifika Me!
Project information: Tapasā cultural competencies framework identifies key aspects of Pasifika success as being learners who grow confidently and securely in their identities, languages and cultures. This programme gives the Pacific students an opportunity to be able to connect their learning to their cultural heritage and identity. It creates a learning environment which is meaningful and relevant with a platform to express their thoughts, ideas, beliefs, values and cultural practices in a way that is relevant for them. Pacific song and dance has historical meanings and cultural context that articulates the narrative of the diverse ethnic-specific groups of the Pacific. As such, through the creative process students are able to bring in their Pacific Worldview, which is communicated through the specific songs and dances of the Pacific. It is an opportunity for diverse understandings between different ethnic-specific Pacific groups to be shared and honoured. This creates a greater sense of belonging and significance for students as it reinforces the message that their culture, language, heritage and identity are valued within their school by their teachers and peers.
Project starting: February 2021