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Waerenga-O-Kuri School

Region: Hawke's Bay/Tairāwhiti

Art form: Visual Arts

Project name: Celebrating Our Place in The Community

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Project information: Waerenga-O-Kuri School is the heart of our rural community, and it has been for over 133 years. Our school holds a special place in the hearts of our community, having a large base of multigenerational families that have grown in the whare tapa whā of Waerenga-O-Kuri School. Our school is a place of growth and opportunity, where we join together to provide learning opportunities for our ākonga. Our vision is to provide authentic learning opportunities and experiences that incorporate our environment, the changing focus of the land and waterways, to protect, reinstate, and become invested in the protection of our native fauna and flora. Our local school is seen as the kete of our local knowledge, providing a link from the past to the present through artistic visionary mediums. 

Our community has a long and rich history, and we feel that it would be great to depict this through art mediums. When updating our local curriculum, it became very apparent that Waerenga-O-Kuri doesn’t have any artefacts to honour our history or people in it. As a staff we have researched far and wide to collate a chronological log of important events/people in our local history. Through community consultation it has become increasingly evident that Waerenga-O-Kuri’s history has not been recorded and documented in a visual medium. Also, it has become paramount through this consultation with our parents, grandparents, and whanau the desire to have a strong environmental focus in our school curriculum that links with our local community.

Project starting: May 2022

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