Saturday, July 26, 2014

We are all artists here!

During the term break the teachers took time out to explore encaustic art with Lyn @ LynNZart on Golf Road Nelson.  She also has a gallery of all her beautiful work.  Check out our efforts, we were all feeling very artistic at the end of the 1 hour session and left with our masterpieces in hand.  Our artwork is now up on display for others to see.

I am heading back to pick up a kit, can see this being a new hobby.

The Carving Project

We want to thank Stuart Kere for the beautiful carved panels that now sit proudly in our entrance way.  The teachers/kaiako have been talking to children and families over the past 3 years about  what could be on the panels and we gave our brief to Stuart, who symbolised it with so much aroha/love and thought.  He initially started from the children’s ideas and then he has woven the teachers and whanau ideas through it, so that it is all embracing of us all.  Stuart blessed the panels on the first day back of Term 3, and we had a wonderful turnout of people to be part of the blessing. We want to thank Enviro Schools for part of the funding towards the panels, also the Family Liaison Group and the teachers who contributed towards it as well.
We encourage tamariki and whanau to touch the carved panels and enjoy them as this builds up the mauri (life spirit).  There is a small space at the end of one panel, which Stuart has left for us to add something later.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Celebrating Mātāriki.

Mātāriki , Maōri New Year is an important part of Māori culture and we wanted to plan a celebration that tamariki, whanau and ngā kaiako could share together. Children were invited to bring a vegetable from home to contribute to the soup  for  shared kai. During kindergarten session times  we chopped the vegetables for the soup and made star cookies for dessert.
At mat time we practiced songs Mātāriki  so  we could sing it to their families . On the night children came excitedly through the gate, ready to eat together and then share their waiata with their whānau.  How exciting to be able to share not only the kai we had all made together but also the songs we had been learning .
Once it was dark enough we all went for a hikoi to see if we could spot the "Mātāriki Stars".  Sadly it was a cloudy night but everyone was still very excited to be out walking in the dark.  After our walk we returned to kindergarten for dessert and hot chocolate.Ka rawe, it was awesome to have  so many families join us for our celebration.