St Joseph's School (Pukekohe)
Art form: Visual Arts
Project name: "Standing on the Shoulders (of those who went before us)"
Project information: A collaborative heritage mural project working with students/ākonga, teachers, kaiako, artists, whānau, and community. Working together we aim to design and create a mural that reflects our special character and the 100-year history and journey of our school. This mural will be displayed on school grounds where all students, teachers, whānau, and community can view it and feel a strong connection and sense of belonging to our school. Our creative will work with our teaching staff to run a series of workshops to teach students creative skills, techniques, and best practice. Students will learn transferable skills from creating minor projects alongside the final mural. Our project aims to meet the creative needs of students/ākonga as well as support student/ākonga learning and wellbeing. Ākonga will have the opportunity to express themselves creatively as well as feel a sense of accomplishment and achievement from their creative experience. Students will be able to explore, reflect on, and acknowledge the unique location of our school and feel a sense of belonging.
Students will learn about the 100-year history and journey of our school as well as honour the many people who came before us so we can connect our past and bring us to understand our present-day position. The mural will support students to acknowledge our school as their tūrangawaewae, our place to stand proud, with diversity valued and success celebrated. The mural will encourage us to remember our past all the way to our present, depicting diversity, resilience, creativity and manaakitanga. It will strengthen our school community’s understanding of our school charism. Students will research and interview people from the local community including past staff and associates, current and past principals, our founding order, school archivist, RNDM archivist, local historians, past pupils, parents, and parishioners.
Project starting: June 2022