Here are some of our students' thoughts on pōwhiri:
Pōwhiri was good. I liked the singing and sang with lots of power - Fabian S
I liked doing Taku Manu pōwhiri because you get to do lots of actions - Zen S
I had so much fun at the pōwhiri with all the people we were welcoming to the school - Zoe C
It was great, I felt really good about it because I was quite loud and I am very proud of myself - Aila B
I thought pōwhiri was really good, I enjoyed singing the songs and listening to the speeches - Lucy N
I was a leader for the pōwhiri and I think we gave it our all and gave it lots of power - Eddie B
Well, where to next? As well as mihi whakatau (smaller welcoming ceremonies for later arrivals) throughout the year, our attention now turns to the first kahui ako (group of Eastern Suburbs schools) Kapa Haka festival in Term 2. We are developing some old, new and different haka and waiata for this occasion, so watch this space!
Tuia ki roto, tuia ki waho,
Tuia te Whānau o Whetūkairangi.
Ko te whānau o Whetūkairangi e
Nō reira, e tau nei ki runga i a tātou katoa, te wairua aroha. Kia ora koutou katoa!
Above and below are woven together, as is what is inside us and that which is outside of us. And, we are woven together as a whānau, the Whānau of Whetūkairangi.