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Capital E’s 2016 Education Programme Announced


Capital E’s 2016 Education Programme Announced


Educators throughout Aotearoa New Zealand can expect a range of applied and creative programmes for school and early childhood students between years 0-13 from Capital E in 2016.

Two new productions presented by Capital E National Theatre for Children tour the country in Shu’s Song by Laura Gaudin & Rachel Callinan and Hinepau based on the book by Gavin Bishop. In Wellington Capital E’s OnTV Studio adds another OnTV session, Sports Desk – an insight into New Zealand’s sporting identity in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics. In MediaLab students will discover the intricacies of computer hardware through our new A Slice of Raspberry Pi learning experience.

Capital E’s Director Stuart Grant says, “Capital E’s strength is that we link young people with industry expertise in digital technology and live performance. Our learning experiences reflect the need for New Zealand children to be confident and creative thinkers. Our programmes cover key competencies in The New Zealand Curriculum and encompass effective pedagogy. Building on what works, the 2016 Capital E programme has been impressively designed to ignite children’s creative spark.”

Shu’s Song is a new show directed by Gina Moss aimed for children at Early Childhood Centres and up to year 3 primary students. Over 45 minutes we follow the journey of Shu learning to adapt to an unfamiliar world, gradually turning curiosity into confidence with each new encounter.

Capital E National Theatre for Children’s Creative Producer Marianne Taylor says, “Shu’s exploration of new objects and environments encourages ideas such as exploration, identity, belonging and critical thinking. We’re very much looking forward to premiering this production for schools and ECC’s across the country.”

For students in years 5-9 Hinepau, directed by NZ theatre artist Jamie McCaskill, presents a mythological story about staying true and standing strong, respecting our environment, history, cultural traditions, and understanding how the choices we make affect other people. Hinepau shares the message of how our rangatahi are the kaitiaki of the future.

Based in Wellington, Capital E Digital features new programmes catering for year 4-13 students. Creating their own OnTV programme, students can speak the language of sports in Sports Desk, feature in and make a tabloid style talk show in The Moot Point or choose from existing popular OnTV programmes.

Creative Technology Manager Melissa Conway says, “Our digital programmes are facilitated by expert tutors. Whether students are in our OnTV Studio or MediaLab, we guarantee that their experience will be hands-on and up to industry standard.”

In MediaLab Capital E is introducing an electronic design experience by plating up A Slice of Raspberry Pi. Visiting school students will set up these innovative credit card-sized computers to receive coding with either Scratch or Python to create anything from traffic lights to game controllers.

School bookings are now open for all Capital E creative programmes. For the full range of programmes, further information on how to book, dates and times visit the Capital E website


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