Creatives in Schools Programme (Round 1): Case study 1: Showcasing Pacific performing arts in Marlborough Publications
This case draws on interviews with, the lead teacher and Principal, the creative practitioner TeVita Vaka, and one parent between August and September 2020. It also incorporates feedback from the joint proposal, the Milestone One and Two reports and the video produced about the project, from where the images were obtained.
Author(s): Kellie Spee, Kellie Spee Consulting Ltd and Julie Oakden, Pragmatica Ltd.
Date Published: September 2021
Teachers, the creative practitioner and parents all observed that the project provided rich creative environments for learners (both Pacific and non-Pacific). Through this, it supported self-expression, creatively and culturally. The creative practitioner’s leadership, Pacific knowledge and mana fostered a sense of cultural pride and belonging in the Pacific learners. One teacher noted when talking about one student, "It seems like he's been awakened to himself and who he is." Teachers saw Pacific students’ confidence grow and that they embraced their Pacific identities as Samoan, Tonga, Fijian. The students began sharing their cultural knowledge and taking on leadership roles in the Pacific performing arts.
The Pacific Performing Arts project has provided learners with a Pacific background and their families opportunities to contribute and take part in their communities as Pacific. Collaboration and partnership were the fundamental principles that supported successful outcomes for students, creatives, schools, and parents.
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