Year 7 drama students examine women's suffrage in New Zealand and ask the all-important question, are we there yet?
7MRO has just completed a Suffrage exhibition featuring some of our McGlashan wāhine. I had the pleasure of working with Ms Rodger's class in drama using the Auckland Museum sponsored 'Are we there yet?' SchoolKit, to focus on Suffrage in New Zealand.
Students interviewed various female support staff, as well as their homeroom teacher, and have their work presented on large boards in the foyer of the Edgar Learning Centre. In the glass cabinet case, there are replicas of items from the Auckland Museum Suffrage exhibition. On the foyer video screen, we feature each student speaking parts of Kate Sheppard's famous speech - which was a fantastic way to focus on voice skills in drama. Our talented student film team of Roy Feng, Nath Sirisaowaluk, and Nate Lachmann helped to shoot and edit the video and it was a great way to incorporate the skills of other students in the exhibition.
We also looked at the story of Margaret and Agnes McGlashan. In April 1917, three acres of land and buildings at Maori Hill were donated to the Presbyterian Church by settler John McGlashan’s daughters, Margaret and Agnes, for a boys’ college. The following meetings of the Board of Governors (now Board of Proprietors) laid the foundations for John McGlashan College as we know it today.
A huge thanks to Pam Garry and her library team for their help and support with this worthwhile collaboration. We had a lovely time putting it all together.
Be sure to check out the exhibition for yourself, now on in the foyer of the Edgar Learning Centre.