Nau mai Matariki, nau mai Puanga, nau mai te tau hou Māori - We welcome Matariki, we welcome Puanga and the Māori New Year.
Thursday, 30 June 2022
Wednesday, 22 June 2022
When Matariki disappears in the sky and then reappears, it marks a very special time in the Māori Calendar as each star in the Marariki cluster has links to an aspect of our environment. You can read more about them here.
We've spent time in our whānau groups across the school learning about the different stars and also connecting with all our teachers and peers. Here, some of us were learning about Waitā, the star that looks after ocean creatures, and creating musical rhythms to represent the animals. We used rakau sticks to create musical beats that represent different animals. It was wonderful to work with seniors from across the school.
We also learned about how Matariki is a time to celebrate with our whānau. We made some whare (house) that show our whānau and the Matariki stars shinning in the sky.
Wednesday, 15 June 2022
We documented these developments in our Tautoru seed diary, and also drew scientific diagrams of how our seeds have developed throughout the term. Our Tautoru kids have really embodied the learner attribute of “I am a thinker,” learning all about how scientists think, and how we can be scientists ourselves when learning new things!
The youngest sister star of Matariki, Hiwa-i-te-rangi, is often called the wishing star. People send their goals, aspirations and wishes to Hiwa-i-te-rangi, in the hopes that they will come true in the new year. In Tautoru this week we’ve been drawing Hiwa-i-te-rangi and writing our own wishes on the back of the star. Doing this allows us to ask Hiwa-i-te-rangi what we want to see in the new year and tell her hopes we have for our futures.
Wednesday, 1 June 2022
These last few weeks alongside Autahi, we have loved our Friday swimming sessions at the Kilburnie pools. We use lots of Grit when learning how to swim, making sure to not give up when it is tricky and telling ourselves things such as “keep trying” and “you can do it!”
Swimming has also been a great opportunity to show Character Strengths such as Respect and Honesty. We show these to our peers, swimming instructors, teachers and parent support.
It has been a pleasure talking to our tamariki and picking up an increased confidence in their swimming abilities.
As part of our inquiry into plants this term, we have been learning how to use plants to create artwork that honours the natural beauty of our surroundings. Leaf rubbing helps us see the unique markings to each leaf and how different they are, like our own fingerprints!
Please enjoy these photos of our leaf art creations. We will be finishing this art at the end of the week so check out Seesaw for the finished products.