Teacher Prep – Click Happy Workshop


Welcome to the Click Happy Family!




Welcome to the FUN

Congratulations.  You have a spot on the Click Happy Road trip.

But now you are probably wondering, what do I need to do?  How do we prepare?

This page will hopefully help you sort all of that.

This part is best done a month to several weeks before we arrive:

  • Select the 15-20 students who will participate (ideal students are ones who have a love for creating things...your painters, doodlers, writers, photographers, tinkerers.)
    • That being said at Alfredton school the teacher wasn't sure how her dyed in the wool country kids would take to it but we got a collective 10000/10 for the day, and these rough as guts farm boys spontaneously decided to use the backdrops as dress ups and we skipped the editing part to host a fashion show between the Rugby pitches.  So you never know.
  • Decide who will be the teacher or aide working with me for the day.
  • Arrange for a room where we can spread out and get messy and loud (we will go outside as well weather permitting but we need a base).


  • Get the students thinking about what they will choose to bring as their "treasure" object.
    • This is something that is important to them and will be used in the portraits and in the flat lay section I will explain shortly.
  • Sort out devices
    • Ipads and cellphones will work for this.
    • If your school doesn't have enough and if the students don't have ones they can bring from home we travel with 7 cellphones that we can hand out and use that the students can share but it is best done on the school's devices so we can teach on what you will have available as the learning continues.
  • Download Adobe Lightroom and Snapseed onto all of the devices that will be used on the day.  These are free programs that we use in the last part of the day to edit images.

Our Itinerary

This is when we plan on rocking up to various places.  If for any reason that doesn't jive with when you think we are coming please let us know asap.

Random Logistical bits and bobs

  • Please confirm with us if dogs are allowed at the school as Gritty is my co-teacher (an Irishdoodle) and helps to teach perspective, she is also a great icebreaker with the kids and allows a space for shyer kids to connect.  No matter how hard I teach she usually gets the highest marks for awesomeness.
    • If dogs are not allowed I just need to know ahead of time to find an alternative arrangement for her if the weather is hot and she can't say in the caravan.
  • Caravan parking - Unless in the Hutt, Wellington, Kapiti, or Wairarapa
    • We travel the country in a wee vintage caravan to keep the costs down so we can see more schools.  However, this is a parking nightmare in some places.  It really makes our life a whole lot easier if there is a space identified for us to park the caravan close to where we teach as we will be unpacking 10 boxes of goodies to teach with on the day.
    • So if you can let us know if there is space for us to park up that would be great otherwise we will need to arrange to leave the Caravan somewhere and just bring the van.   But we need to know ahead of time so we can suss it all out and there are no surprises and we don't cause traffic challenges at the school.

A week before we arrive:

  • We will send a list of students who have completed their online registration.
    • Light a fire under the feet of any that haven't sorted it yet.
    • If they don't have it signed on the day we will need to have a way of identifying them (usually face paint of x's on their cheeks) so that we don't accidentally photograph or film them on the day...It makes everyone's life much simpler and inclusive if they have the forms signed though.)
    • We plan on creating videos as we travel the country documenting the work that the kids are doing so we need to make sure we have parental permission.
  • Remind the kids to think about their "treasure" and to have it ready to bring on the day.
  • Send us a map of where you would like us to park on the day.
  • Set up a Google Folder at your school Called Click Happy + The name of your school.
    • Add visualpoetsocietynz@gmail.com as a manager of the folder
    • This way I can add any images I shot on the day for your school to use.
    • Add folders with each of the participating students names so they can plonk their photos from the day into those photos.
    • Give all of the students access to the folder.




What happens on the day?

  • 9:00 Arrival - Karakia + Pepeha -
    • Karakia and introduction of Gritty and Mandi
    • We hand out wipe boards and ask the kids to tell us about themselves
    • I will photograph the child with their board for later reference and connect students with their consent forms
  • 0930 - Morning Tea-  Papatuanuku, perspective, + Selfie Compassion workshop-
    • Where wellbeing, composition, and photography meet.
    • Part motivational talk about self kindness part art lesson on composition, visual storytelling and perspective taking.
    • This is where Gritty is most useful and we take a dog's eye perspective of the world and if weather permits we also have a bit of fun playing with the drone to get a totally different perspective on ourselves.
  • After Morning Tea - Lunch - The Monochromatic Rainbow
    • Boxes of colourful fabric and props are brought out and turned into creativity stations.
    • Students are invited to photograph their treasure amongst the items.
  • Lunch - Drop-in - Treasure Portraits
    • Students who are keen and who have had permission slips signed are able to come during their lunch and have their portrait taken with their treasure.
  • After lunch - Postproduction


After the workshop:

  • Students are invited to join us on our National Telegram channel where we run a year-long mentorship program in visual storytelling.
  • They are also invited to contribute to our by youth for youth magazine called Create Happy (we have a 13-year-old editor running it)
  • We will give weekly photographic challenges and they can learn to give and receive compassionate creative feedback.
  • Once their parents register them for Click Happy and tick the online box option they will be given details on how to join the program.


For any questions not answered please contact Mandi

  • 0211412646
  • mandi@clickhappy.org

Teacher Prep – Click Happy Workshop

Updated on 2022-06-20T11:46:28+12:00, by Mandi.