Turn your passion into a career – that’s the message Jasmine Birch wanted to pass on to her family and community as she studied the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Bachelor of Creative Industries.
Jasmine has always loved using art as her creative outlet. She enjoyed the motivation of working with like-minded students and the encouragement and critiques she received from her teachers as she developed her skills during the degree, majoring in visual art.
“The teachers really did all they could to ensure each student would succeed. They encouraged me to create art to the best of my abilities, and art that I would be proud of.”
When she completed her degree, Jasmine carried on studying for a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching and now works as an art teacher at Tangaroa College in South Auckland.
“I teach Year 10 art, Year 12 photography, and Year 13 design, so essentially I help my students make art every day and I absolutely love it. I encourage them and they inspire me.”
Jasmine was given the opportunity to develop unit plans for the college’s Year 10 art students, focusing on painting and sculpture, and took inspiration from the cultural identity project she completed in the final stages of her Toi Ohomai degree.
“Helping my juniors find their cultural identity through creating art has been my biggest achievement as a teacher so far,” she says.
Photo: Creative graduate Jasmine Birch has found the perfect role to utilise her visual art talent.
Article courtesy: https://toiohomai.ac.nz/life/what-students-are-saying/inspiring-teens-find-their-cultural-identity-through-art
3-day Programming Workshop in Techtorium – (12 to 14 June 2018)
A group of 24 Year 13 and 1 Year 12 students went to a 3-day programming workshop at Techtorium from 12 to 14 June 2018 (Tuesday to Thursday). The students needed to come to school before 8.15am every morning to be on the bus that had to arrive in Techtorium by nine in the morning. They all did it! More importantly, they were all very focused in the three-day workshop and all these 25 students have achieved 10 Level 3 credits in programming. What a great sense of achievement for every student who has taken the effort required every day in the workshop!
Two students who attended the workshop shared these comments:
Techtorium is a really fun place to learn computing. It has many courses that will benefit you if, you have a love for computing. Computing opens up a wide range of opportunities, and guarantees to take you places. Our trainer Rohan expressed excellent enthusiasm before us and his lessons are never boring. Learning about coding and programming was interesting. It was all we needed to get thorough the course. It was an open book assessment and we were asked to focus on understanding. I would definitely recommend this course to everyone whether you love computing or otherwise.
Hanalei Upukatai Toi, 13SG
I found the Techtorium course to be a great learning experience and I also got to see and learn what programming can do and how I can use that to my advantage if I were to work with computers in the future or study it. Taking the assessment showed me how hard it was and the different codes that had to be used for each control. The experience though was great!
Kaylen Engu-Key, 13BR
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