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Parkvale School

Region: Hawke's Bay/Tairāwhiti

Art form: Community arts

Project name: Te Pepeha o Pawhare

Creative name: Deb Lee

Project information: Parkvale is on a journey of strengthening local tikanga knowledge and capacity so we can build connections for our ākonga, kaiako, whānau and wider community through learning the pūrākau of our school pepeha. The Parkvale community is in a process of change due to a new subdivision being constructed next to our kura. This development will have a significant impact on the entrances to the school. A new entry point to the school will be created bordering this subdivision. Our goal is to make this entry welcoming and reflective of what we value and who we are through the visual representation of our pepeha. 

We plan on painting 3 large murals for our new entranceway that tell the pūrākau of our pepeha. The plan is for all ākonga to be part of the design and planning process. A select group of ākonga will paint the murals alongside our creative. This will help strengthen the social and emotional needs of these children as well as the tikanga knowledge of all ākonga and kaiako. Through this learning, ākonga will develop aspects of all five key competencies, with specific emphasis on using language, symbols, and texts to tell our pūrākau visually, alongside participation and contribution that will ultimately enhance a sense of belonging and connection. 

Ākonga will learn the design process and drawing and painting skills. Alongside this, they will explore and create traditional and contemporary Māori visual art forms and their meaning. Our creative is volunteering her knowledge and expertise to create art with emotionally fragile ākonga alongside a teacher. She has developed relationships with these children over time and has supported them to create meaningful art about themselves as individuals. The next step is to build their sense of belonging, self-belief and enhance themselves as creatives. We see the development of the pepeha in a visual representation as the ideal vehicle to support this. Part of our aspirations are to strengthen relationships with our wider community and draw on the expertise that we already have.

Project starting: February 2022

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