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Arapohue School

Region: Tai Tokerau

Art form:Multi-Disciplinary

Project name: Te Wā Project

Creative name: Danya Hewetson

Project information: As a school, we have been exploring who we are and our connection to the whenua, the sustainability of the land and the life cycles of it and those it feeds. Our senior students developed a pou with our creative as part of a Kāhui Ako project and we would like to continue to work with her to further explore these concepts, to strengthen our tūrangawaewae to this place, and to provide ALL of our students an opportunity to experience practical, hands-on learning in the Arts using a variety of media and contexts.

Te Wā will see our students design, develop, and use an interactive garden space to engage different people in different ways; it will be their legacy to leave to future students. It will foster their belonging and connection to the school, develop their creative skills, and provide a space with therapeutic benefits for all while improving the outdoor spaces at our school, ensuring that the physical environment supports the learning programmes.

While we have a concept of a therapeutic garden including sensory paths, sculptures, carving, mosaic tiling, murals, play space and incorporating Rongoa Māori, we are keen to let our students complete learning inquiries to enable them to design their own projects to encourage greater levels of engagement and ownership. We are fortunate that our creative has skills across a variety of media and will be able to support students to achieve their plans. We aim for this project to provide valuable connections with our whānau and community and hope to include some shared projects including the final celebration where we will ensure all those attending can complete a piece of rock art to contribute to a foundation piece of the garden.

Project starting: February 2022

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