Kawaha Point School
Region: Bay of Plenty/Waiariki
Art form: Multi-Disciplinary
Project name: Waharoa Enhancement
Ko Ngongotaha te maunga
Ko Rotorua te moana
Ko Waiowhiro te awa
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Te Arawa te iwi mai i Maketu ki Tongariro
Ko Kawaha te Kura
Tīhei mauri ora
This is the pepeha of our kura, which connects our tamariki to the whenua and all the history, stories, learnings, and knowledge that comes with it. Our pepeha provides our localised curriculum. Alongside our localised curriculum, we have kaiako who value culturally responsive and relational pedagogy. Our creative further supports our localised curriculum, as he is an active and experienced artist who is from Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa.
The creative aims for this project are to support the identity and belonging of our students through an artistic expression that shows their understanding and celebrates our pepeha. Students will create their own visual representation of the school pepeha using a variety of media (including paint, collage, printmaking, digital design, etc). Alongside learning about the art processes, students will also study Māori patterns, symbolism, and design. They will learn about their meanings and the significance of these in portraying a message or story.
Interested students will submit their designs and combine elements into a joint design. These students will learn the design skills, processes, and elements associated with sculpture and will work alongside the creative to design and build a contemporary, colourful, and striking three-dimensional carved mural, in the style of the wharenui at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, Te Hono ki Hawaiki. The mural will provide a visual eye line along an existing front wall of our kura towards our waharoa. We aim for our sculptural mural to breathe life into the wall adjacent to our waharoa which currently feels disconnected and neglected. Most importantly, the mural will become an enduring learning tool for teaching our pepeha to current and future students. Throughout this project students will understand how the arts and Māori symbolism can help to effectively express their identity.
Project starting: February 2022