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Matamata Intermediate

Region: Waikato

Art form: Multi-Disciplinary

Project name: Manawa Rere

Creative name: Wairere Toi

Project information: Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua: ‘I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past’ Dr Rangi Matamua (Tuuhoe) states that knowledge that isn't shared isn't knowledge. Using a rich, multi-layered inquiry model, students will work collaboratively to uncover and connect to the ‘Whakapapa’ of our place. These ideas will then become the basis of multi-disciplinary Arts based learning culminating in a school wide production to celebrate and share the significance of Matariki with our whaanau and wider community. 

We will start our learning journey by working with our creative to connect with and share the stories of the past and present with our local kuia and kaumatua. Building up to a Matariki creative performance, acknowledging the significance of it being officially celebrated, as a public holiday, for the first time in 2022. In doing so, we would share with our community and future pupils the history and culture of our school. The current cohort of 400 students will engage in this process through a dual lens of Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pākeha to capture a sense of our place, past present and future. 

Working in collaboration with the artists, students would learn about the creative process and the elements involved in communicating through the Arts; incorporating traditional Māori performance mediums and contemporary performance practices to share our whakapapa. The whole school would be involved in the process of creating, developing, and presenting a performance. The idea is that we would use a tuakana teina model where those working with creatives would then guide other teina through their learning. Facilitated through our creative, we would have reciprocal communication with our kuia and kaumatua so that they would be integral to the student learning through the whole project. 

Under the guidance of creatives, students would be able to follow their passions and strengths and opt in to developing skills in an area of interest, such as set production, kapa haka, graphic programme design and art, music, drama, creative script writing, costuming, lighting, and sound. In conjunction with the production, the students would be working in their classes and whānau groups to present their inquiry learning, which would culminate in a learning celebration with the community. Students would gain insight into communication through The Arts, have practical experience in the creative process, and gain an in-depth understanding of the Whakapapa of our school.

Project starting: March 2022

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