Thursday, February 13, 2014

Te whare tū taua ki Ukutoia - Māori weaponry @ Pt England School

Our first kapa haka practice AND mau rakau class was held today for our Year 7/8 students in our school hall.

Patrick Gemmell who takes our seniors for kapa haka has kindly donated more time to teach our students mau rakau.  An awesome start to the year.  Well done students for your dedication and commitment.  Ka pai koutou!

For the students who attended, here are the ahai for you to practise.  For those of you who are keen to join, learn the kupu, the moves and turn up next week!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Ka kite 2013... Bring on 2014!

We had a full on end of year doing our best to finish things off properly.

Sadly we had to farewell our wonderful kaiako whaea Raewyn who has been teaching tamariki te reo me ona tikanga for more than 13 years here at Pt England School.  She will be sadly missed by all but we wish her all the best in her new venture.

We are happy to welcome our new kaiako whaea Safron to our staff and school.  Safron is local and of Ngati Whatua descent.  Nau mai haere mai whaea Saf.

The senior Kapa Haka group performed brilliantly on two special occasions at the end of the year.  The girls sang during whaea Raewyn's farewell and also performed a special haka which bought tears to our eyes, we were all so proud.  The year 5 & 6 boys also performed their Haka that whaea Raewyn taught them, which was very special indeed.  The seniors also opened our end of year prize giving.  I will search our archives for the footage so I can hopefully pop it onto our blog too.

Every year a special taonga is awarded to one senior student.  It's called the 'Parehuia-manu-o-te-tau' taonga, donated by Ms Tito for the student who shows excellence in Te Ao Māori - so it can be awarded for excellence in leadership, Te Reo, Tikanga, Kapa Haka etc.

This year the recipient of the taonga was none other than our wonderful Richard Takitaki for his manaakitanga.  Richard's whānau was VERY proud and judging by the reaction of the audience so were we, Ka rawe Rich x

So it was a great ending to our year and we are looking forward to having an even BETTER 2014.