Education and School Holiday Programmes

Upcoming School Holiday Programme:

 

2018 Education Programmes at Aratoi

Aratoi's Education Programme gives students the chance to connect the past, present and future through stories, taonga and objects of local Wairarapa community and the wider world. Our New Zealand trained teachers offers unique learning experiences that complement and enrich the learning that students experience in the classroom. Our programmes are designed alongside current major exhibitions and offer alternative approaches to achieving curriculum requirements. Our Museum Educators are also happy to adapt and plan sessions in conjunction with the visiting teachers, to meet the special needs of your tamariki or to fit in with your classroom topics.

Contact our team to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have for your next visit.

Mahi Toi Education Programme

inspired by the Ngā Aho Raranga – Textiles from the Taonga Māori Collection exhibition

Available 1 May - 28 September 2018

The current Mahi Toi Education Programme is well underway with over 500 students taking part this term.The programme provides both teachers and students with a unique opportunity to learn about the local stories of our region through viewing taonga from our collection and participating in mahi toi activities designed around these taonga.

We encourage you to take advantage of this FREE programme.

Come see what we have to offer and book your tamariki in for a visit.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

The 75min session begins with an animated story of ‘Te Aitu o te Rangi’s Korowai of Protection’. This story retells Te Aitu and John Milsome Jury’s escape from captivity and return to her ancestral homeland in the Wairarapa Valley.

Tamariki will then have a guided tour of the Ngā Aho Raranga exhibition, where they will learn about the weaving process and hear the history and stories of the taonga on display.

Finally, the mahi toi activity! There are five activities available, all of which have been designed and inspired by the collection taonga on display in the Ngā Aho Raranga exhibition.

Mahi toi activities include:

  • Tukutuku
  • Poi
  • Portraits
  • Korowai
  • Huia

BOOKING INFORMATION

Sessions are approx. 75min long and are lead by a Museum Educator. We offer sessions in Te Reo and English. Mahi Toi sessions are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am, 11:30am and 1:30pm.

Maximum group size for each session is 30 students with teacher and parent help.

This programme, including mahi toi activity, is FREE (with schools and centres to organise their own transport).

We are happy to adapt sessions and activities to fit the special needs of your tamariki. Please book through www.schoolinterviews.co.nz, code: wnacb. Contact us directly if you wish to book the programme in Te Reo.

Minkisi Education Programme

inspired by the Minkisi – Art and Belief in West and Central Africa exhibition

Available 28 August - 22 November 2018


Minkisi, Ancestral figure, Fang, Gabon

The up and coming exhibition, Minkisi – Art and Belief in West and Central Africa, has inspired our newest Education Programme. The Minkisi Exhibition is a dramatic presentation of masks and statues, delivering a message about cultures, traditions, histories and beliefs that are widely divergent from our own. We offer teachers and tamariki the opportunity to learn, to admire and to think about the place of Africa in the world, and contrast it to Aotearoa's place in the world. Minkisi is created from a collection of West and Central African statues and masks, owned by Whanganui collector Desmond Bovey, who lived in France for thirty years and visited Africa often. Dramatic and dynamic, Minkisi has great pulling power and provides a new and exciting range of experiences for discerning visitors.

The masks and statues in the collection are from Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso in the west, through Nigeria, Cameroon and Gabon, to the Congo coast and basin. Minkisi is a word that refers generically to statues from the latter region. Often in human or animal form, they contain a spirit, working through ceremony and ritual for the good of an individual or clan. It is an evocative word that captures the nature of Central Africa and takes visitors on a visual and emotional journey.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

The 90min session begins with an African tale of protection and community. Tamariki will then have a guided tour of the Minkisi Exhibition, where they will learn about the purpose of the Minkisi for protection and healing, then discus connections between our own traditions and toanga of Aotearoa and these objects and traditions of tribal Africa. Finally, the mask making activity! Tamariki will create individual masks to take home.

BOOKING INFORMATION

Sessions are approx. 90min long and are led by an educator. Minkisi sessions are available Mondays and Fridays, at 9:30am and 1:00pm

This programme, including mask making activity, is FREE (with schools and centres to organise their own transport).

Maximum group size for each session is 30 students with teacher and parent help.

Bookings will be open week 8 of Term Two 2018. Please book through www.schoolinterviews.co.nz, code: z5fhh.

Contact us directly if you have any special requests for your booking. We are happy to adapt the session and activities to fit the needs of your tamariki.

For all enquiries please contact education@aratoi.co.nz or telephone Aratoi 06 370 0001, open daily.

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