Freedom to Fly Whaingaroa: Ignite the Passion

A grant that allows creatives to teach their specialty in schools has allowed Jess and Jair from Freedom to Fly to offer creative classes to students at Raglan Area School.

We caught up with the couple to hear about the new programme:

Tell us a little about the funding process?

The Ministry of Education are wanting to offer more grants for creatives to teach their specialty skills in schools. We looked through what was on offer and saw that there could be a fit to work with RAS.

We approached teacher Matua Joe who was incredibly perceptive and supportive of the idea and agreed to work extra hours after school with us during term 3 of 2020 to apply for the project grant. Late term 4 we found out that our project had been successful  with a substantial grant and plans have since been underway for getting the programme started this Term.

What year groups are involved?

Years 5 and 6 students will receive expert teaching and tutoring and after 12 weeks will perform a show for our community. This is a really exciting opportunity.

How do the students benefit?

Combining a mixture of circus skills and fun, these classes will develop strength, flexibility, balance, well-being, coordination, spacial awareness and left + right brain function. As well as team building, confidence, patience, discipline and consistent practice to learn a new skill. We are excited how engaging and creative Raglan Area School is in supporting programmes.

Tell us about the Ignite the Passion performance on Friday?

Ignite the Passion was about getting the students excited and inspired. We (F2F) performed segments of our show ‘The Balancing Act’ which will be performed at the NZ Fringe in Wellington in March.