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Paparoa Street School

Region: Canterbury/Chatham Islands

Art form: Multi-Disciplinary

Project name: Turangawaewae

Creative name

Project information: Students will plan, develop, and design art installations that will reflect our history and represent our Turangawaewae. These installations will help our community answer our inquiry question: What is our story and how will they know? Paparoa Street School has embarked on the rebuild process after damage from the Christchurch earthquakes. We have dedicated the theme of our learning for 2021 around Turangawaewae to explore the narrative of who we are and what our story is. We hope to use this learning to represent our cultural narrative physically in our building and landscaping design. 

Our project will be for a group of at least 18 students to work with our chosen creative to explore ways to express our cultural narrative through visual artworks. We are aiming to develop images or artefacts that can be used as turangawaewae touch stones throughout our school. The process will be an Arts inquiry approach where our students will consider and consolidate findings from their 2021 learnings.

Throughout the project the students will be investigating ways in which art, culture, and traditions are maintained and adapted by the beliefs, technologies, needs, and values of society. They will be encouraged to develop practical knowledge in the visual arts by identifying, selecting, and collaboratively structuring visual elements to communicate ideas around our cultural narrative at Paparoa Street School as part of our building and landscape design. As the students begin to make connections and explore their own design ideas, they will be immersed in innovation, inquiry, and curiosity, as well as our school values of Belonging and Passion. They will be actively involved in the whole process, energetically and creatively exploring ideas around our cultural narrative and developing an expression of our story through their evolving designs. The end result will be both 2D and 3D prototype designs that the students have created and that are culturally appropriate and approved by Matauraka Mahaanui as part of our Naming story.

Project starting: March 2022

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