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Polyfest as a learning context – English: Create a visual text

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Mangere College students describe e-posters they designed as part of their visual arts NCEA assessments to reflect their identity and culture.

Sesiona: My poster was for English. We get three credits out of it and it was based on our identity and who we thought we were as a person.

Edna: It was really helpful as being Samoan and other Pasific cultures, it helped us interpret for our Polyfest onto paper and be shown around the school and in classes. The pieces were done on computers. We’d get photos, images from Google and we’d change them up a bit to be our own personal posters.

Mark: For my poster I used kind of like a ranking system. I used the wifi symbol which for the top would be my main priority in my life and then it goes down to the bottom. My first priority was family, and then my second one came as my religion and my culture which is where the Polyfest came into.

Sesiona: My hair represents who I am because I have really long hair and I have to have long hair as tradition for my family. I put who I thought I was in my hair, in my head and I put my culture, church, family, sports.

Edna: I did chains. Chain actually symbolises violence but for me, it symbolises love and it holds my family, church, and my schoolwork all together.

Mark: For the posters, before we got it passed, we had to give it to our English teacher.

Sesiona: She would look at our photo and see if the message would go with the photo, our quote.

Mark: The feedback she gave to me was to tell a story, like where your life is going in your poster. What’s your values, what’s important to you in your life? And then that’s how I passed.

Sesiona: My e-poster showed me new qualities I could do. I’m the technology ninja in the family.

Tags: English, Secondary, Cultural responsiveness, Pasifika, Classroom practice