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We Inspire Student’s Creativity

At the Mahara gallery, we have a Native Habitats project underway. Bringing together the arts and conservation, this is sponsored by the Phillip Family Foundation.

Year 5 and 6 students from Kapanui and Waikanae Schools have been coming to the gallery to play the game, write poetry, and create artwork.

The gallery will show all the artwork and the poetry that the students produce in a show Native Habitats: Waikanae Children’s creations.  These works will then be gifted to the Nga Manu Wildlife centre for display in their new education suite.

Meanwhile we’re planning a inter-schools play-off of the game at the education centre on 28 March

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Local School Programme

I’ve been down at the Mahara Gallery, along with Morgan’s exhibition, for the past 4 weeks.  Playing and playing and playing the game.  I’ve must have played a gazillion times by now, and still no two games have come out the same!

The last 2 weeks we’ve had a school’s programme going with year 5&6 students from our two local schools (Kapanui & Waikanae).  Over 300 students attended. Some students have returned for more sessions, or brought a parent in to play the game too.

Living by a beach, we’re all a bit shocked by the number of sea-birds the ferret (illus) can eat!

The game has also gone up to Taneatua school.  Here’s what their teacher, Sue Sisam, said of her year 7&8 class: ‘‘The game arrived today and the children have been playing it without stopping for an hour. They all said that they think it is really cool. Each time they played it we learnt a new strategy!!!’

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Pandora – should she have a new power?

My friends Jan & Neil have sent me the following feedback..

“Sometimes the game is too long and the longer you play the harder it is for anyone to win….”

There are a couple of strategies, within the rules, that help:

1.     Instead of a pick-up from the undealt pile, you can pick up all the cards (including gods or Pandoras) – down to a predator – from the discard pile.  You must put down a god instead.  Make sure people always put down the predator/s first, then their prey etc on top

2.         When you make one row with the same numbers  – if the game is getting difficult to win – you could use a god of that realm, instead of a number card.

But, there is a suggestion, from my friends, that Pandora could have another use.

In Greek legend Pandora, as the first woman, was Gaia in human form.  Both are red nature ‘tooth & claw’.  Like Gaia, Pandora was the giver of gifts, both the good and the bad, both those we want and those we really hate.  What we think of the gift, is not their problem!

Maybe the Pandora card could be used, not only to pass on a predator, but could also be used to raid a bird card from someone else?

Do you like this idea? Do you think it would it make a difference in lengthy games?

Post feedback OR do our poll..