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Peterhead School

Region: Hawke's Bay/Tairāwhiti

Art form: Multi-Disciplinary

Project name: Aumangea Project 2022

Creative name: Kristyl Neho

Project information: The Aumangea Project is about supporting, developing, and encouraging our tamariki to be brave, be bold, and build resilience. In today's society students face many challenges that can affect their social and emotional well-being. The Aumangea Project will assist teachers, students, and whānau to build tools that can assist them to create solutions in many different social contexts. We aim to do this by: 

  • working with teachers to develop effective tools that meet their school's values and needs 
  • providing dynamic professional learning opportunities to empower teachers to develop meaningful curriculums 
  • partnering with local performing arts companies to provide rich performance stimulus for students to build responses called ‘Tūrangawaewae – Here I Stand’ 
  • building a safe environment in the school (classroom or school hall) where students can work using drama strategies to build a presentation in response to the stimulus 
  • using Applied Theatre and Mantle of the Expert techniques so students can drive the creation of the piece in response to a structured workshop built by the creatives and teacher 
  • having specialist creatives provide resources to assist students and teachers to understand why and how our emotions and attitudes can affect different aspects of our lives 
  • provide opportunities for whānau to come into the school and observe, share, and experience the Aumangea Project. This could be a parent evening, shared dinner, or coming in to observe workshops. This will be determined as the relationship with creatives is formulated. 
  • presenting their response with the creatives at Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts and Events Centre 

The educational outcomes from the Aumangea Project are vast. Having the creatives work alongside our lead teacher to develop engaging activities using drama practices will allow the lead teacher to share this knowledge with other staff to build confidence in using drama practices in the classroom. Allowing students to respond to the work of Kahurangi is a powerful modelling tool for tamariki in our school. To be able to create a presentation that will be performed at Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts and Events Centre will be a life-long memory for all those involved.

Project starting: March 2022

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