Our Place

Flanshaw Road Primary School’s Our Place: Henderson Creek book is the culmination of the school’s long standing involvement with Project Twin Streams and explores the students’ special relationship with their stream through art, showcasing their unique point of view.

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The seed for Our Place was planted in early 2004 when Gilbert Brakey, then Community Coordinator for Henderson Creek, approached the school to participate in a community planting day, coupled with an art initiative. What began as a simple art project grew into a number of artistic ventures which cemented the relationship with Flanshaw Road and Project Twin Streams, a relationship that continues to this day.

After attending this original planting day, the students returned to learn more about native flora and fauna from biologist Neil Henderson from the Keep Waitakere Beautiful Trust, cementing their understanding of the local issues facing the stream.

Janet Holt, Arts Coordinator Project Twin Streams worked with their teacher Tracey Woolley and students over a term of 10 weeks to create individual large-scale pastel works, which were designed to weave together like a tapa cloth to tell a larger story. Students were asked to reflect on the stream, the environment and also their culture, through colour and symbols.

The finished artworks were mounted on card and displayed at an art exhibition at Tui Glen during the Henderson Creek Celebration Weekend in 2010.

The artwork was so well received that it was decided to put together a book to showcase the artwork and thus Our Place was born. Published by the school, as well as showcasing the students’ artwork, it also records their thoughts on the future of the stream and poses environmental questions that demand attention and action from the reader.  The book forms a useful resource for schools and the vehicle for communicate the impact Project Twin Steams is having on the West Auckland Community.

Since this the school has embarked on:

A mural representing a taniwha (guardian of the stream) with twin streams hedged by nikau palms. Each student created a tile for the mural.
A short Project Twin Streams play that was then turned into a school production. Part of this was subsequently performed at StoryFest

Flanshaw Road Primary School have adopted an area of Henderson Creek near their school which they work to maintain. They continue to learn about the causes of stream degradation as part of the school curriculum.