Kia orana, Central Kids David Henry in Tokoroa have been extremely busy researching through play and engaging in interactions that whakapiki-uplift the cultural, language and identity of our ākonga-learners and as a communtiy, particularly this week celebrating the annual ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki Āirani: Taku Rama, Taau Toi: Ora Te Reo = My torch, your adze: The language lives.
We are grateful to have had Uncle Matt come in and share with us knowledge to make leggings utilising ngā harakeke from our playground and Whaea Brittany teaching us how to make titi-hula skirt. We feasted on some traditional kai from anau, made a visit to Tokoroa PIC, where our local Punanga performed and had a special visit to us at kindergarten from the Tokoroa High School Koni Raoni. Meitaki to tamariki mā, anau and our community for coming together as one.
Our curriculum learning programme is designed to ensure each of our learners strengths, characteristics, interests, curiosities, needs, identities, languages and cultures are at the forefront of all that we do :Na atuatanga to te tamaiti he whakarahi” our guiding whakataukī. Parents and families play a critical role in the success of their children where together in partnership, we collaborate so that the learning potential of each child is well supported and nurtured.
Music, movement, imagination, pretend and role play, the creative arts and cultural diversity are strong themes that have continued over time for a large number of our children, with lots of mahi and project work taking place for them. Please keep an eye out for our Whare Environs Project updates to come which began early last year, inspired by our then tuakana and now tuākana and tēina. A welcoming, inviting and fun place to be – “Can you see me?” – we see you!