Te Wairua o ngā Mahi Toi

May 31, 2022

Information for Parents – 2022

In the first few weeks of Term Two, the Arts facility and Arts Captains started promoting Mahi Toi, the Garin College Arts Festival.

Week 9 of Term 2  (Wed 29th June – Fri 1st July ), all normal school activities at Garin College go on hold while everyone gets involved and we have a fun packed time in a school-wide celebration of the Arts.

The official start of Mahi Toi will be Wednesday the 29th of June with the opening ceremony in the morning and concludes on Thursday the 30th at 3.10 pm.

Friday 1st of July will be school as normal for most students. We are planning to record the Mahi Toi concert so that it can be shared with the Garin community. We will have some students out of class during this day at timetabled times to be able to make this happen. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to hold a live concert for the community this year. However, we’ve been very creative to work around Covid this year, and plan to have a large portion of the student performances live streamed to various hubs around the school. There will be a number of  online options and events for students to enter and we will be running workshops for all students for two periods during the two day festival.

Every year the Arts Captains come up with a theme for the festival, a scripture and whakatauki which some of the categories ie. photography and cakes will be based around. The overall theme for Mahi Toi 2022 is ‘ON AIR’ 

The focus for Mahi Toi is on participation rather than competition,  points will be awarded for house events with extra points allocated for live performances, WEAR and Art Folio entries.

We have planned three house events for 2022 – House Haka, House Dance and House Waiata  Each House event has students from across all year groups. Rehearsals for these events are well under way.


Each student must enter a workshop and 1 other event. These events include:

  • Cake decoration
  • Wearable art (RAW)
  • Music, dance and drama performances
  • Creating and submitting an art work or photograph
  • The House entries and RAW are marked by adjudicators/judges, mostly Garin Staff, plus some years a few invited guests
  • All students will be involved in a workshop on Wednesday during periods 3 and 4.These workshops are run by staff, senior students and occasionally parents or outside tutors

Students will be given all the information they need about Mahi Toi at assemblies and will also be added to the Garin College intranet home page.

Sign up for the Mahi Toi events – opened this week and will remain open until 22nd of June, the link can be found on the Garin College intranet Home Page.

Workshop sign up will occur during the school day in the next few weeks.

Mahi Toi may not look like it has in the past, however we are creating a programme that can be run under any setting without too many changes and are looking forward to a really creative, unique  Arts experience for the whole school

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us: email Sarah Pumphrey, Arts Coordinator:  sarahpumphrey@cloud.garincollege.ac.nz  

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