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St Joseph's School (Upper Hutt)

Region: Wellington

Art form: Visual Arts

Project name: Tūrangawaewae Mural

Creative name: Amy Burrell

Project information: St Joseph’s School is a multicultural school in the heart of Upper Hutt, and we want our cultures to be reflected in our physical space. We want students, whānau, and staff to feel like they are welcomed, included, and valued when they walk through the gate. 

This project aims to create a mural that students and whānau can see themselves in, so they feel welcome and part of our school community. We will involve students and whānau in the whole project, so they feel valued and included.

Students will be part of the project from start to finish. Our creative is the expert, and they will progress along with the students in an authentic, hands-on learning context. Students will learn about other murals and other artwork in our community. All the learning that occurs along the way will add to their kete and help them when coming up with the design concept of the mural. 

Upper Hutt is the heart of our tūrangawaewae, and we will be going into our community to seek ideas and inspiration: neighbouring schools, Te Awakairangi, Ōrongomai Marae, churches, Remutaka ranges and local parks. We will seek consultation from our local marae and parish.

Students will explore and develop ideas. They will learn how artworks are structured and ideas conveyed and how this informs artmaking. They will develop skills in analysing, interpreting, and evaluating meaning in the objects and images created by others. Students will be asked their opinion and their ideas. They will need to think critically when we put it all together to how it links back to tūrangawaewae. We will be working collaboratively, drawing on each other's strengths. The mural is for the school and community, the work the students do will add a treasure to the school for current and future students to enjoy. This is a big project, and students will need to be able to manage themselves when we are visiting off-site locations and when working on the actual project.

Project starting: February 2022

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