Kindling Creativity is a blog that profiles how practitioners worldwide are creating a stimulating environment for their learners.
The two bloggers met during their Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Bath Spa University 2013-14. Victoria had just completed her Dance and Learning and Teaching undergraduate degree at Middlesex, whilst Hayley studied English Literature with Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University, both gaining with a 2.2 award classification. Both Victoria and Hayley took placements at St. Werburgh’s Park Nursery School which laid the foundations for their research project.
In their latest post, they visited Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery.
Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery is a special character state school where students are central in directing their own learning. Designated Special Character schools were created under the New Zealand Education Act of 1989 and are given this title when they deliver a unique learning experience. Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery are currently located on two campuses in Christchurch: we visited the Discovery campus (ages 5-11).
Christchurch suffered an earthquake in 2011, leaving the city with major destruction. Discovery needed to vacate from their city campus, and consequently rebuilt their school in temporary paddocks out in the suburbs. We were informed by the Deputy Director (Ian Hayes) that this had a devastating effect on the school community, leaving over 70% of the families unable to commute. Furthermore, the school could no longer access a rich source of cultural experiences gained from being in the CBD (Central Business District).