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Fitzroy School

Region: Taranaki/Whanganui/Manawatu

Art form: Ngā Toi Māori

Project name: Matariki

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Project information: Fitzroy School has worked hard in the last 6 years to promote Te Reo me ngā Tikanga Māori. Our key challenge is: Does the Fitzroy School environment authentically represent “a student in Taranaki, Aotearoa New Zealand”? At the moment the answer is not yet, but we aim to improve our visual environment until it truly represents the quality of learning inside the classrooms. 

Following community, staff, and tamariki consultation, our current project has been to create a visual representation of our tūrangawaewae. This includes our maunga, awa, and whenua, and links our manaakitanga and whanaungatanga, and the Fitzroy kaupapa visually. Our next major project is to create a tomokanga entranceway that is a welcoming entry point for all our cultures who are part of the Fitzroy Whānau. 

Our aim is to include the Fitzroy School values and story in this tomokanga so that everyone who enters the grounds sees it as their tūrangawaewae. Although the focus will be on our Māori whānau, our other 22 cultures will all be represented in this carving. This project will be cross-curricula, using the Local New Zealand Histories as a foundation with clear links to maths, the arts, social sciences, technology, Te Aō Māori, and science. 

The students will be fully immersed in this project with the story, the design, the carving, the marketing and business plan, right through to the kawa around opening such a taonga for our community. Our school values of Respect, Resilience, Integrity, and Excellence will be an integral part of this project as well as the Tātaiako principles we embrace: Ako, Whanaungatanga, Wānanga, Tangata Whenuatanga, and Manaakitanga. Currently our school kapa is divided into four kapa: Te Henui, Rotomanu, Waiwhakaiho, and Te Tai o Rehua. These are the four main water sources for our area, which we have studied as part of our local history. These stories will form the basis of our tomokanga. This will visually represent that we all have a place to stand here at Fitzroy and that we will enter into and journey out of a wonderful place of achievement, hauora, and belonging.

Project starting: May 2022

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