Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Te Ahu a Turanga Marae Experience

What an amazing day we had! The bus trip was exciting, especially as for most of the Bright Bugs it was their first time on a bus and their very first time on a school trip!
The Marae experience was outstanding. What a fabulous opportunity for all the children, teachers and parents. Thank you to our wonderful team of teachers and supportive, encouraging and helpful parents that made the day such a success. Tini pai rawa!

We took part in many cultural activities starting with a powhiri welcome by Rooms 12 and 14. It was very moving and special for us. They welcomed us onto the Marae as Manuhiri (visitors) and then we became the Tangata Whenua (people who belong). The children were involved in Te Rakau (stick games), Poi, Harakeke weaving (flax weaving), Haka, Sketching of the Wharenui and an art activity inside the wharenui which involved looking at the beautiful kowhaiwhai patterns.
Whew - it was a busy, fantastic experience and I am sure the memories of this day will last the children for many years to come.

Buddy Photo - The Bright Bugs, E9 and the Wise Owls

1 comment:

  1. What a busy day ...It sure sounds like a lot of fun and learning.