Thursday, June 10, 2010

Stories and Waiata

Tuesday 8th June

Emma Breaker, Kaimahi Māori for the Nelson Kindergarten Association, has become a fairly regular visitor to Nayland in her role of supporting us on our bicultural journey. Today she shared a magnetic story with the children about Mako, the shark, looking for a friend. Then she taught us a waiata (song) about the sea creatures and we were impressed with how readily the children took on this new knowledge and shared in with the singing and actions. Ka rawe, tamariki!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wow WoW WOW is all I can say!

Everyday we celebrate the wonderful community we live in and today was reminder of how lucky we are to be in such a rich, sharing community of schools.  A group of Nayland College students came across with their teacher Monica to perform a play that they had written themselves. 
The morning children were a fantastic audience, trying to help find the lost cat and the cast involved the children by getting them to call out, cheer, clap and laugh.  The characters were dynamic and very professional and the children were entranced.  The play was absolutely on the mark for our 4 year audience and they certainly understood all the  jokes and storyline.
Great job Nayland College you were stunning.  It was also fun seeing a number of children that had previously been citizens of Nayland Kindergarten in the play.  Wow think about the possibilities for our children.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Matariki - Maori New Year

It is the intention of our programme for children to be able to walk in both the world of Māori and Pakeha. By this we ensure children are exposed to hearing Te reo Māori in the kindergarten, we practice tikanga Māori ( Māori protocols such as no sitting on tables, saying karakia at kai time) and noting important celebrations.

This year we are celebrating Matariki with Nayland Primary where we have been invited to join in their art competition, laying and eating of a hangi and participating on the night walk and having a look through the observatory telescope.

What is Matariki?

Matarki marks the Maori new year. The word translates as "little eyes" or "eyes of god"
Towards the end of May the seven stars of Matariki sink below the horizon and disappears from the New Zealand sky. If you watch closely in June you might be lucky to witness shortly before dawn you will see Matariki return. The seven stars rise above the horizon exactly where the sun will appear about half an hour later.

There are a number of legends that tell the story of the seven stars in the sky pertaining to different Iwi (tribes). The brightness of the stars are said to predict whether we will have a good harvest for the year or not. Children at kindergarten have read about Tane and the stars and will be exploring the story about the seven fishes.
The stars are significant to many cultures all over the world.

Come and celebrate Matariki with the Nayland Community - Thursday 17th June with us.

Monday, June 7, 2010


Last week were lucky enough to have one of our dad's give up some time to take a football coaching session over at the intermediate school hall. We took 20 children over and everyone had a busy and enjoyable time. It was a great opportunity to take the time to practice balls skills in a completely different environment (as well of course as listening skills).We spent time doing warm ups, different football drills , and even fun games of tags (all football related of course). It was a fantastic time and I was impressed with how well the children listened and joined in. Elephant ears proved to be an addition ( ask your children what thye look like).It was exciting to watch the junior footballers in our midst show off their already gained knowledge and skills to their friends too. Thanks Ian for taking the time to share your skills and passion with us, we really appreciated it and look forward to more. Again what an amazing community we have , people who give up their time to share skills with the children and also having resources like the Broadgreen School Hall for our use. We are fortunate indeed.