Monday, June 30, 2014

Kapa Haka Noho Marae

After our PES whānaungatanga hui on Wednesday night our senior Kapa Haka group stayed the night on Ruapotaka marae.  It was the groups first sleepover (noho marae) and we were all very stoked to be staying on our local marae.

We spent the next day perfecting kapa haka waiata and waiata aringa.  Their next performance was scheduled for Friday @ Waipuna Lodge in Mt Wellington.
 The kōhine (girls) got to finish off making poi, while other girls helped prepare lunch.
The boys spent time with Mr G sorting our actions for waiata and learning guitar chords for each of the waiata.  They also practiced a haka for their performance on Friday.
There was also another hui on at the marae while we were staying there.  The hui was for Financial Literacy (G-Fit) and our students were asked to perform for manuhiri (visitors) We welcomed the opportunity and our students made us proud yet again.
Our day ended with a hakari (feast) - the kōhine did a wonderful job preparing our hangi.  We shared lunch before walking back to school.  In summary we had an amazing experience on Ruapotaka Marae and we all look forward to the next one.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Whakawhanaungatanga Hui @ Ruapotaka Marae

We finally had a whanaungatanga hui for our whānau on Wednesday evening.  We felt very blessed to meet at our local Marae - Ruapotaka. 

Even though the weather was dismal, we had a great turnout.  Whānau and staff assembled at 5.30pm ready for the pōwhiri @ 5.45pm.  We were welcomed by kaumatua Tautoko Witika and ngā kaitiaki of Ruapotaka Marae.  It was a warm and wonderful welcome and we felt very much at home.

After our pōwhiri, we spent time getting to know each other and shared kai.  Our senior kapa haka students (who were also staying the night for their first noho marae) performed for whānau to conclude the hui.  We have awesome whānau wanting the very best for their tamariki and our school.  We all look forward to our next hui and hope to meet again at Ruapotaka Marae.

He mihi nui, he mihi aroha ki a Georgie Thompson and her team/whānau for their tautoko and allowing us to meet at such a special place. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Jam Bus records PES waiata

Wednesday 25th June 2014, PES brought in the Jam Bus (Mobile Recording Studio) to record waiata for a school resource.  Our talented Kapa Haka group sang the songs that were especially written for their group by their kaiako Mr Patrick Gemmell.  The Jam Bus crew were impressed with the groups singing and we had finished recording all their songs before morning tea.

We are super proud of our Kapa Haka group and we look forward to hearing their professional recordings.  As soon as the discs come in, we will upload them onto our Māori @ PES site for all to enjoy.  Their songs are slowly being integrated into our whole school repertoire of waiata.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Poi making with Whaea Denise

This morning we were blessed to have Whaea Denise come in and teach some of our senior kapa haka girls how to make poi.
These girls will become the experts and teach the rest of their kapa haka sisters how to make poi at our noho marae next week.
The girls learned how to cut their string to the correct length, how to cut their foam squares into the poi heads, how to do four plait, how to sew their string onto their poi head and how to cover and tie on their two layers of plastic.
The girls loved their session with Whaea Denise and will be spending the next few lunchtimes finishing their practice poi ready to teach the others next week.
He mihi aroha, he mihi nunui ki a koe Whaea Denise... Thank you for sharing your taonga with us x