Maori Students' News

Panui Tuatahi of the Year

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Panui Tuatahi of the Year
by Ngamata Christie - Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 9:45 AM

Kia te whanau ...

Congratulations to the many senior Maori students who achieved very highly in NCEA last year.
Congratulations to Savannah Gibson and Aidan Mikaera who have been selected as Maori Student Leaders for 2014. We thank them for the leadership they will provide for our Maori Students. More information about them will follow so you can get to know
Rapaki Marae Trips - We hope that all our Year 9 Maori students enjoy their day at Rapaki Marae with the other members of their form class. Four classes are going on each of Friday 7, Monday 10, Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 February. i also look forward to meeting those going on the trip 
Kapa Haka will be, as it was last year, in period one each Wednesday from 8.15 to 9.10am in the dance hall. 
All students, Year 9 to 13, Maori and non Maori, are invited to attend.  It is study time for Years 11, 12 and 13 but Year 9 and 10 students must bring a written note from their whanau to their Dean which gives them permission to come out of class for that one hour to attend. There will be a muffin and milo available from the whare between 8.00 and 8.15am for those student attending Kapa Haka. Ms Coleman is again the tutor for Kapa Haka.
The Whanau Club will meet for an hour each Friday lunchtime in G5. Attendance is voluntary but as many Maori students as possible are encouraged to come along.
Students should bring their own food but the school will also provide some food to share.The sessions will start and end with Karakia and during the sessions students will be able to mix with other Maori students and build their knowledge of tikanga (including being able to do their mihi and sing the school waiata). We will also look to involve members of the community in Maori activities such as weaving. At other times students might be involved in Kiorahi or other Maori games.
Again the support of Senior Maori students is encouraged and we would welcome attendance and support from whanau members.
The Whanau Club will be run by Whaea Anna James and Ms Coleman with support from Ngamata Christie, Mr Crosby and Mrs Sidaway. Please contact Mrs James if you have any questions about this or want to volunteer your support.
Other Events planned for the year include Whanau meetings, an NCEA information night in the whare in March, a whakapapa session with year 9 students, a Marae trip (hopefully to Tuahiwi) for Year 10 students, activities for Maori Language week and of course our wonderful end of year Hangi, Maori Prize Giving and Year 13 Poroporoaki on December 3. On Friday 27 June we are hosting the Regional Manu Korero Competitions in the Aurora Centre and we look forward to some of our students speaking at that competition.
I hope everyone has a busy, involved and successful year and I look forward to meeting you at our various events.