Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Matariki Celebrations

It was a really special event in the last week of term as many of us met on the beach by moonlight.  Thanks to John and Scott we had a blazing fire to warm our hands by. 
We sang some beautiful waiata, thought about the importance of Matariki and remembering people in our family who can't be with us anymore and some of our seniors led our haka.
We had some time to roam the beach and take in the beauty of our surroundings, tapping into some gratitude for our very special place and our school whanau. 

We then headed back to school for some shared kai and got to hear a talk from Dean and Xavier from Heritage NZ.  They told us about the significance of our place and the harbour in relation to Kupe.  

After the talk, we broke up into our whanau groups and had a day of Matariki related workshops which included waiata and dance, weaving fish as we listened to the story of the star fishes of Matariki with flax and paper, weaving stars with wool and paper plates, creating beautiful Matariki constellation pictures and making instruments and noise! The day was fantastic as we worked in Tuakana/Teina our whanau groups, with older children helping out younger ones.  Our Matariki art is up all around the school.  Come have a look and tell us what you think! 

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