Thursday, 28 June 2018

Mangere Mountain Trip

Whanau Whetu had a trip to Mangere Mountain Education Centre. This ties in with our inquiry, ‘My strength is not the strength of one, it is the strength of many’. This is all about making connections, understanding that everything in the world is unique and that everything in the world works together.
We looked at The Works of the Ancestors/Ngā Mahi a Ngā Tūpuna (Traditional and Archaeological Walk); exploring Māori migration through the Pacific to Aotearoa; learning oral histories of the first inhabitants; discovering remnants of their former pā and papakainga sites and learning about the availability and use of natural resources and the significance of some local Māori place names. We also took part in workshops such as Māori Medicine/Rongoā Māori, Gardening/Mahinga Māra and Flax Work/Mahinga Harakeke.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Room 17 Matariki StarsArt

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter and for many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. Room 17 made some stars to acknowledge Matariki Celebration.

We have also been practicing the Matariki song as a class. Feel free to practice singing this song at home with your whanau!

Here is a little challenge: Can you remember the Māori names of the 7 Matariki Stars?

Here is a link to read up more information on Matariki.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Cross Country

On Wednesday 6 June, the Primary School ran their annual cross-country event. Runners ran the outer school block before returning for a circuit of the field. It was damp underfoot and the field was muddy, but the students persevered throughout! Here are some pictures we captured of students from Whanau Whetu.