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Matariki Celebrations

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July 8 2021

Kia Ora Tawhai Whanau
A very misty start to our Matariki celebrations signalled that we were going to have a beautiful day!
The classes buddied up to learn about one of the stars that make up Matariki and what they are associated with:

• Room’s 8 & 15, Tupuārangi – Food from above the ground
• Room’s 4 & 6, Tupuānuku- Food from the ground
• Room’s 2 & 11, Waitī – Food from fresh water – streams, lakes and rivers
• Room’s 1 & 12, Waitā – Food from the sea
• Room 9a, Ururangi – The wind
• Room’s 14 & 16, Hiwa-i-te-rangi – the wishing star
• Room’s 3 & 7, Pōhutukawa – Remembering those who have passed on
• Room’s 3 & 7, Waipunarangi – Water that pools in the sky – rain
• Room’s 5, 9 & 10, Matariki – Health and wellbeing

Some of the classes had got together earlier in the week to either plan what they were going to do or started working on some of the activities and others just came together on the day! The tamariki enjoyed their time with each other whilst they produced some absolutely fantastic artwork!

Here are some fly on the wall captures taken during the day! Unfortunately the resident photographer missed a few of the special moments such as seeds being planted in pots and biscuits being iced, but managed to capture most of what the tamariki did during the day!
It was lovely to see some of the buddy classes enjoying their kai together! At lunchtime, two very hardworking ladies, Nicole Stewart and Donna Symes cooked up a sausage sizzle storm on the barbeque to feed all the kids and staff! THANK YOU SO MUCH, ladies!
Some of the classes came out in the afternoon to have a game of ‘rob the kete’, and a lolly scramble.
Thank you to the whanau who dropped in to see have a look the displays and creations.