We try to integrate the Visual Arts into our class programmes as much as possible at Miramar Central School. Tuakana students (years 4-6) and Tenia students (years 0-3) have the opportunity to take part in a school Art Club run by Rachel Burke, where they take part in art activities that are geared towards their particular age group and skill level. Art Club also provides students with meaningful input into larger school events. For example, the students have created posters, props and backdrops in Art Club for our school productions, discos, celebrations, fundraisers and special events.
Students in both Teina and Tuakana also contributed to the creation of a large prop to advertise the Book Fair last year (a pirate ship in the library) and will be creating a similar mural for this year’s Book Fair event.
You can find out more about what is happening at Art Club by clicking on this link
The students also spend two days a term working with Gillian, our Arts Specialist on the days when teachers have classroom release. She plans a variety of Art activities for the students that are meaningful and attempt to cover all of the Arts disciplines (see below).
See some more examples of the student’s Artwork below…
The Cultural Active Team are committed to inclusive practice and want to ensure our students know that at Miramar Central School we embrace the importance of Cultural identity. We want our students to feel proud of their culture/s, to feel comfortable to share aspects of their cultural background and for everybody to learn more about and understand each other.
The year begins by organising the ethnic food stalls for the annual Food Fair. The support for this among our school communities is amazing, we thank everybody who contributes to this and supports the event by making and selling the large quantity of food to the big crowd who attend. This is a very special event and wonderful to see the pride on each stall sharing the food of their cultural community.
The Kapa Haka skills of our students are strengthening all the time with weekly Kapa Haka sessions for the whole school led by Whaea Fiona and Whaea Nessa. The value of this is impacting on the knowledge and expertise of our tamariki enables them to perform at many school events e.g. powhiri for farewelling and welcoming new members of staff.
We celebrated Matariki with a performance followed by a shared supper on 20 June, 2018. Once again our students filled us with pride and the audience were blown away watching the children, and some tears were shed as hearts were touched. The performers looked very smart in their red or black Kapa Haka Tshirts, which carry the Taniwha design of one of our former students. It was wonderful to see so many of our families attend and enjoy this special event.
Term 3, 2018 is very busy planning and implementing our annual Cultural Focus. This year we are learning about African Cultures and we will have a special cultural week from the 17th to the 24th of September. We are looking forward to working closely with our African families to support this focus and sharing of their knowledge and expertise. Watch out for updates of what will be happening.