Happiness on the Agenda at Rangi Ruru

This month, Rangi Ruru has partnered with Christchurch’s Science Alive to participate in a Japanese-run project called Picture Happiness on Earth.


Miraikan, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo launched the Picture Happiness on Earth project in September 2015. Science Alive is hosting the project in New Zealand on behalf of Miraikan with over 100 Year 10 girls from Rangi Ruru taking part in a series of full day workshops 8-15 February.

Year 10 students Elise Mather, Molly Robinson and Anailise Hini discuss the theme of happiness with Science Alive Community Manager, Anna Baker

The theme of the project is “What is Happiness?”. Rangi Ruru students will use scientific data to seek out and define their idea of happiness, delving into how future generations can make positive steps to reach a global state in which people can feel safe, secure, fulfilled, healthy and happy.Picture Happiness on Earth connects teenagers from six countries in the Asia Pacific region so they can consider global issues from multiple scientific and ethnical perspectives and this year South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Thailand and New Zealand have been selected to take part.

Small groups of girls will then create a video which will be voted on worldwide, with one girl from the winning group being flown to Miraikan to speak at the Science Centre World Summit later this year. The winning work will be made available as video content on the Geo-Sphere at Miraikan in Tokyo.

Rangi Ruru Science Teacher Anne Bissland says the phrase ‘global citizenship’ is bandied around a fair bit in education these days and being a part of Picture Happiness on Earth is a good example of walking the talk.

“This is a significant opportunity for our girls, sharing knowledge to help solve problems around the world. That’s really a key part of being a good global citizen,” she says. “It shows the power we all have to raise awareness of global issues and solutions on a world-wide stage and as technology changes, that will become even more important and common.”

Science Alive Community Manager Anna Baker, says one of the key things was that Rangi Ruru could be flexible enough to include the project across the Year 10 curriculum.

“They have changed their Year 10 curriculum across a number subjects to accommodate the project which is great. Not all schools can do that. The filming for the video is being used in the English classes for example, the statistics and analysis of those numbers support their learning in maths. It’s an excellent project for all of us,” she says.


14 February 2017

Rangi Life