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1804 The Arts - 4 April 2018

26 March 2018

Prepared by the Senior Management Team

Curriculum Report – The Arts


  • The focus of the Arts within the curriculum is promoting the school vision of being ‘Proud Prepared Learners’ through the 4 disciplines of Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Art.

  • By using the guidelines of the New Zealand Curriculum students will have the opportunity to experience, communicate and develop their ideas .Classes are relating these disciplines to the provocation and inquiry topics in their programmes.


  • Music and Dance is incorporated within hui-a-kura and morning Karakia, whole school Kapa Haka.

  • Drama is implemented through classroom shared books, journal plays, problem solving and social interaction contexts including visits from Duffy theatre and Life Ed caravan.

  • Visual Art is taught in classrooms as it relates to the provocation or inquiry / interest topic at the time.

  • Some classes participate in the Mainfreight Calendar competition, we have had a number of children’s contributions used

  • Poutama are engaging in Maori weaponry - Mau Rakau with Matua Eli

  • As the year progresses we look at our “Clubs/Passion Projects” as opportunities to engage children in The Arts

  • We look for local talent and expertise to support, strengthen and add variety to our Clubs/passion projects

  • In October/November all classes participate in the local Bay of Islands Arts display at Waimate North Show

  • At Christmas time all classes create a tree to contribute to the Santa’s Grotto organised at Arts Council facility in town.

  • The Junior Discovery programme allows for children to create, be exposed and be involved in, using a variety of Arts and crafts, role play, music and singing.

Looking Ahead

  • We will continue to look for opportunities to promote the Arts in Kaikohe East School. We still need to investigate and invite local artists to inspire and generate interest.

  • Looking into creating a Sensory Area  that includes textured areas, herb garden and water wall for our Special Rights children - possibly at the back of Room 13.

  • To continue to improve our children’s Kapa Haka skills.  Weekly Syndicate Kapa Haka practice open to all classes who are interested and encouraging all classes to participate. This has been further inspired by our recent overnight visit to a local Marae so children, staff and whānau feel more connected to the songs, waiata and karakia that they are learning in a school setting.

  • Cultural Festival participation

  • School Talent Show

  • Look for opportunities for children to see more Maori role models acting, television Radio and presenting to children such as in Duffy theatre.

  • Involve our school in  opportunities that raise awareness of those with special rights or illness through creative fundraising events such as RDA horse cookies fundraising, Red Nose Day  Design challenge and Multi-Coloured Mayhem day for Autism.