Culture and Arts
Ahuru Mōwai, which means to embrace and care for is the name of our Kapa Haka Group. This underpins the philosophy and purpose of our Māori Enhancement Programme and Kapa Haka Roopu.
Our vision is for the students to have pride in their Māori heritage, to be connected to their culture and be proud, indigenous ambassadors through our programmes.
We believe that partnerships with whānau are influential in accelerating our students’ learning and wellbeing. This partnership extends to our Campus school where we share a Campus Kaiārahi and celebrate Matariki and Māori Graduation together.
‘Ka hāraunga ngā tapuwae mō ngā uri whakatipu’
Your legacy has been imprinted and will flourish through future generations
As a school, understanding of Tikanga (Māori Protocols) is embedded into our approaches and learning. All new students and staff are welcomed into Mt Roskill Intermediate School with Pōwhiri at the beginning of each year.
Developing the leadership of our Māori students to lead school wide waiata and haka for pōwhiri and special events is valued.
Culture Group Our vision is to foster pride in the unique and diverse cultures of the Pacific and to develop leadership skills. The Culture Group promotes Pasifika performance through song and dance from various cultures across the Pacific.
Celebrating Diversity Celebrating diversity is important to us. Many students choose to be part of the Kapa Haka, Culture groups, Bollywood dance group, Indian Dance. The Groups perform for our school, overseas exchange visitors and during community events. As a school and campus we celebrate a wide range of significant culture events and language weeks, giving students the opportunity to embrace and learn from the richness of other cultures.
Bollywood Fusion Dance Our Indian Performance Group is a fusion of traditional and contemporary dance, along with the flair of Bollywood. This group provides an opportunity for students to connect to their cultural roots by taking pride in the way Indian dance has been able to stay true to traditional dance styles and welcome the development of contemporary change.
Mt Roskill Intermediate is a vibrant community where we provide a wide and enriching variety of artistic opportunities. The Performing Arts suite and Visual Arts room are both well-equipped; this is where our students are able to experience hands-on creativity from music making, drama and movement, to sculpting clay and print making. There are many opportunities for students to develop their confidence and passion over their two years.
Performance opportunities include:
- An Annual Production which gives students the opportunity to perform to large audiences and be involved in the many different aspects of a stage show including, dance, actions, singing, playing instruments, creating props, working backstage
- Choir, performing for different audiences
- Orchestra, practising and performing for different audiences
- Band, writing, creating and practising music and performing for different audiences
- Dance Groups, working with different choreographers and dancers to create work
Visual Arts explores a range of rich mediums such as clay, printmaking and artist studies. Each year we celebrate an ‘Art Week’ where all students are given the opportunity to work in small groups on art projects, sometimes with local artists. A School Exhibition is held to display and celebrate the work. Examples include wearable art, environmental projects and mixed media film making.