It’s all about new beginnings next week, as we celebrate the start of Matariki, the Māori New Year. This year it is particularly special as it is the first time Matariki is recognised with a special national public holiday dedicated to its importance. Matariki is the time to recognise the culture and traditions of this country’s tangata whenua. Traditionally whānau, (family), would come together to celebrate the rising of Matariki which indicated the start of the Māori Year and its new beginnings, to reflect on the past and to show respect for the land on which they lived.
This year we are proud to be holding our own celebrations at school again, next Thursday 23 June. All parents, caregivers, family and whānau are warmly invited to join us. We will gather on the field from 7:15am for the short ceremony to begin at 7:30am. As this is a whanau event, all children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be time for karakia, kai and korero afterwards - please bring your own cup!