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Dramanet Summary to 21st February

Dramanet Summary to 21st February

Kia ora koutou,

I hope you’re all finding your feet in the classroom once again as timetables and rolls finally settle [or have they?], major annual events like Athletics/House Day, Swimming Sports and scholars/leaders assemblies get out of the way and attention turns, once relationships are firmly established, on really sinking our teeth into these rich contexts that shape and drive our work in the classroom for Term 1.

Here’s your summary of activity for Week 3 on Dramanet…



  • Our esteemed colleague Kerry Lynch shared the exciting news that his play Dream Seer is now published and available for purchase from Playmarket. “A stunning story from one of New Zealand's most skilled advocates for the arts in education. This play is a real gift for young people with its themes, tone, and authenticity.” Oscar Kightley. Congratulations Kerry!
  • Also, I shared this list of ‘quick-clicks’ for easily navigating the NZQA and TKI sitesand particularly those areas which are high traffic areas for drama teachers. Initialexternal assessment specifications for the 2016 Drama examinations are available now as well. I will keep the community posted if changes occur.


A Primary Focus – for teachers of learners in Years 1-8:

Robert Dil is facilitating a great workshop for primary teachers in puppetry with no previous experience needed, read on:

“Puppet Play” in WellingtonSaturday 5th March from 9am -12pm. 

Location: St. Mark's Church School, 13 Dufferin Street, Basin Reserve, Wellington. Cost: $60 per participant. 

“This interactive workshop will explore how puppets can be used in the classroom and other theatre contexts to engage young people, create a fun environment, and promote literacy and the performing arts.”

Full details and registration info, here.


He Reo Āwhina, He Reo Tautoko – A voice of help and support:


EOTC & Live Performance Opportunities:


Events and Workshops:


In the [social] media:


Professional Learning and Development Opportunities:

  • There are two Drama New Zealand scholarships available which enable [1] a beginning teacher and [2] a rural teacher to access and attend the forth coming national conference in Wellington.
  • I shared the link to NZQA’s new range of Assessor Support Options for 2016. The one most closely connected to former BPWs is the Making Assessor Judgements (MAJ) workshops which you must register your interest in attending before NZQA will make arrangements for these to operate. I urge you all to do this early for both Drama and Performing Arts Technologies workshops!


Professional Reading & Viewing:

I was interested to read this article from the Huffington Post education website this week, about mental-health strategies in the classroom:

Although it focussed on primary-aged students, with well-being and mindfulness becoming increasingly important considerations within our sector I wondered what thoughts this conjures up for drama teachers about how we too ‘deal with’ or ‘address’ mental health and related issues in the drama classroom? We would all agree, I am sure, that for many students Drama is that ‘safe place’ but building that safe place takes considerable work and conscious effort too. Perhaps some of you might share how you actively tie activity related to mindfulness, well-being or mental health into your drama programmes? Anyway, food for thought...


This summary will be uploaded to the Dramanet VLN group and our Twitter feed @ArtsOnline1. To access any of the threads on the Arts Online website archive simply type the username“artsonline” and the password “mailinglist” to do this.

Kia pai tō wiki,


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