The excitement of Matariki was visible for quite awhile before the actual event. I wanted to share a few photos of the lead up to our Matariki evening. The tamariki were very involved in constructing a ‘waka’ to take them on a journey around Aotearoa, to see the moon and the Matariki stars. This was inspired around the book ‘Hoe, hoe, hoea te waka………..row, row, row your waka’ by Rebecca Larsen.
The waka has been very well utilised by all tamariki. They have gone on lots of adventures and journeys, using their imagination sharing stories with each other.
We also talked about our whanau, of members that were special to us and those who have passed. This was a time for remembrance.
In preparation for the night, we sliced and chopped, and chopped and sliced pumpkin and vegetables for the soup. We enjoyed the soup with traditional Rewena Bread.
We had a craft evening where we made lanterns, made a constellation tube and created rako sticks. Thank you all for your involvement and support!
By Kaylene Simmis