Treaty re­search en­gages stu­dents

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The Treaty of Wai­tangi holds spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance for the Room 6 stu­dents at Mahi­nawa Spe­cial­ist School.

The class learned about the treaty and its role in shap­ing our coun­try’s his­tory this year, do­ing re­search and projects.

Their study ended last week when nine stu­dents’ paint­ings were un­veiled.

‘‘It has been a fan­tas­tic jour­ney,’’ Room 6 teacher Max­ine Mont­gomery said. ‘‘ Their study has laid the ground­work for them to want to look fur­ther into the sub­ject.’’

The paint­ings are in a time line fash­ion, start­ing at pre-Euro­pean life for Maori through to their strug­gle for iden­tity in a mod­ern world.

Stu­dent Kieran Bray said he had learnt to be more pa­tient do­ing the draft draw­ings and Ben Ogilvie said he had be­come a per­fec­tion­ist as a re­sult.

The paint­ings will take pride of place in the school’s main hall­way.

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