Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Hangi for Matariki Celebrations

Ma te whetūrangi o Matariki
E tiki mai, e manaaki mai i a koe,
I a koutou ranei,
no te tau e take mai ana.

May the gentle light of Matariki
Guide and inspire you all this year.

Kia ora Kane, Izaak and Karen for leading Manaia Kindergarten in our Matariki celebrations. Kia ora also to Jodi and Delwyn for supporting and guiding the teachers and kindergarten community in preparing for this special evening.

Kia ora to all the families who came in to support the children to prepare the vegetables and dig the hangi pit, and to the families who contributed delicious kai from their homes. 

Kia ora Roimata for the words that have helped us to understand the meaning and life of Matariki, and who has been a great support in our desire to learn more.

It was a wonderful time to come together, share the year that has been, to look forward to the future and remember the families who have contributed so much to the kindergarten over the years. Kia ora whanau.

Quinn Sings

Quinn you have shared your many passions during your time at Kindergarten. It has been great to learn so much about dinosaurs from you. While we borrowed Ruawai Kindergarten's microphone sound system you also shared your passion for singing. What a confident singer you are Quinn, and how great of you to share that passion with all of us.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Grace does the monkey bars

If at first you don't succeed, try, try,try again. Ka rawe Grace. Awesome. All that practising paid off.

Olivia's Star Song

"Stars,stars beautiful stars
Which one is it?
I don't know why
When you see one from mars
That one will be mine,mine ,mine!"
This month we have been talking about Matariki, the Maori and Pacific Island New Year, at Manaia Kindergarten. The children have decided we should have a Matariki celebration and invite all our whanau for a hangi and sing some of the new waiata that we have learnt . Today Olivia wanted to share her song about stars that she had created. Tino pai Olivia

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Poi E - Manaia Poi skills

Preparing for our Matariki celebrations.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Enjoying our new space

Today we enjoyed our new community land together. Due to intense building projects on the mat, and industrious work in our covered area - we moved mat time to the sea side. As ?? said "I love it out here, we get to see Mt Manaia"With the cage like structures down, and the wooden fence protecting our space, this natural environment provides the children and families of Manaia Kindergarten with a greater connection to their maunga (mountain) and awa (sea).