Aranga School has observed many Matariki celebrations in its 112-year history and this year pupils spent the last two weeks of the school term experiencing hands-on learning about Matariki and celebrating their theme of family.
Aranga School parent helper, Kathleen Blazek said that each day someone new from the community or a family member would come into the school to host an activity including flax weaving, Maori kite making, poi, learning waiata, bone carving and making paper mache planets.
“A whanau member wrote a play specifically for the Aranga Matariki celebrations so children learnt that in just two days. Everything they made during the ‘hands-on learning was incorporated into the play or displayed for whanau to see.”
The students performed the play on the last night of the celebrations as a way of giving back to their community.
Thanks to generous food donations a hangi fed everyone during the closing of the celebratory two weeks.
The school would like acknowledge their thanks to Te Roroa Development Group, Kaihu Tavern, Kaihu Mill, Kaihu g.a.s, Farmlands, Carters Tyres, Morfett Motors, Countdown, Waipoua Lodge, Mamaranui play centre, Waikara Marae and Pananawe Marae whose support towards the hangi was “tremendous” said Kathleen.
Aranga pupils are now looking forward to a pet day which is scheduled as the next term 3 activity.