31 May 2019


Kia ora e te Whānau o Tūhono    

Next Friday 7th June, we have a great opportunity to visit the Govett Brewster Art Gallery and also Puke Ariki as part of our Mounga W.I.T.  We have been exploring the idea of “Kaitiaki” and wondering how we can devise questions that lead to deeper learning around the significance, history and future of our Mounga.

At Govett Brewster Art Gallery, Educator Chris Barry will lead our students through the session of ‘Mounga to Moana’.  Inspired by the paintings, prints and sculpture in He Rere Ke – Different Pathways and Kūreitanga II IV the students will create landscape artworks with a ‘journey of water’ theme. They will consider the value and uses of water and how we can all care for water and the land. Students will learn what being a kaitiaki means. In the Learning Centre they will use printing techniques, coloured paper and collage to create an artwork that depicts our landscape and horizon.

Linking in well with this session, our tamariki will also be involved in attending Puke Ariki’s Ngā Kōrero Mō Te Mounga education programme.  In this lesson students will learn about the advances in research and the technological developments supporting conservation that are being applied to make Taranaki predator free by the year 2050.  The mounga dominates the region with a fascinating geological and significant cultural history that will be explored in this hands-on lesson. Exploration time in the revamped Mounga Taranaki and Taranaki Naturally exhibition galleries will provide opportunities to check out the Bat Cave and Sound Interactive. A must for any mountain based topic!

We will be travelling by bus, leaving at 9:10am and returning back to school at approximately 1:15pm.  The cost of the bus will come out of the students’ activity fees.  If you have not paid these yet, could you please send $5.00 to the school office before Friday, next week.

We do require parent help for this activity so that we have the correct student-adult ratio per the Art Gallery and Puke Ariki visit guidelines.  Students will be travelling by bus but we would like to meet parents at the venue/s.  Also this trip is not suitable for preschoolers.  If you are able to attend please fill out the following google form Click here 

You will be in a group with your own child so that you will be able to experience the activities with them.  We guarantee learning, enjoyment and fun!

If you have any questions, please make contact by email.

Ngā mihi nui

Anna Trinder and Kim Cribb