Feilding kids' Sixties inspired learning gallery

North Street School pupils, including from left, Deyjahnn Mataki, 11, Zion Bowler, 12 and Antonia Vili, 11, mixing it up ...
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North Street School pupils, including from left, Deyjahnn Mataki, 11, Zion Bowler, 12 and Antonia Vili, 11, mixing it up for their tie-dyed creations.

Pupils at North Street School have taken a trip back to the 1960s as part of a programme promoting new experiences. 

Year 7 and 8 students have been designing and making tie-dyed T-shirts as part of the Poutama Opportunity Programme (POP), where kids use art and sport to try new activities.

Room 6 teacher Christine Hailes said the class has added tie dying to the list of activities after a child came to schoolwearing a tie-dyed shirt and it proved popular with classmates.

Since then families have been bringing in items of clothing for pupils to decorate in class time such as T-shirts, socks and pillowcases.

"They're really captivated by it, it all started with one kid rocking around in a tie dye top now every Thursday the kids are making their own," Hailes said.

"This is worthy and practical and hands on, and the students love it, its creative and there is no right or wrong. It's like a present, until you unfold it, you don't know what you're gonna get."

Hailes said POP offered pupils extra opportunities and extended the interests they already had to help create their own identities.

"There's a few who are becoming mentors and teachers as well, the programme allows students to be leaders in a different format in a school environment," she said.

Hailes said children had also been learning how to crochet and make clothing for new born and premature babies, and trying sports such as squash.

She said one of the pupils had the idea to make and sell his own tie-dye shirts in his spare time.

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"He's seeing it as a marketing opportunity which I'm starting to think isn't such a silly idea."

The kids have been tie-dying for the last three weeks and they said they have been enjoying the artistic process.

"I like mixing the different colours and getting my hands all dirty," Room 6 pupil Zion Bowler said.

"I like the different designs and how we can do whatever we want and get creative with the designs," said classmate Kyla Hirst.

 - Stuff

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