Local curriculum context: Marae wharenui panels
|Students in the year 13 class at Wellington High School designed and created individual hanging panels for the wharenui at the school marae. These were created as samplers to demonstrate some of the textiles manipulation techniques they had practised in class. Students had to consider intellectual property and values, and make design changes in response to stakeholder concerns over an issue.|
Wellington High School is an inner-city decile 9 school with approximately students. All year 9 students take a term of fashion technology, which is offered as an option at year 10. In years 11-13 students can continue in the fashion textile design technology course.
A number of students transfer to Wellington High at senior level, as it is the only city secondary school that is co-educational and does not have a school uniform. This often means senior classes are of mixed skill levels and experience. Teacher Kylie Merrick's year 13 class, for example, included students who had mastered fashion and textiles knowledge and skills at an exceptionally high level and those who hadn't taken the subject before, as well as international students working on a non-exam course.