NOTICE

13 June - Matariki Survey

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Can we please have all families complete this survey by Tuesday evening to help us to proceed with preparations and give us some indication of numbers we may be looking at.

Matariki Survey

Mānawatia a Matariki: Celebrating Matariki


Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki Celebrate the rising of Matariki

Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi Celebrate the rising of the lord of the heavens

Mānawa maiea te Mātahi o te tau Celebrate the rising of the New Year


Matariki hunga nui Matariki, a time to come together

Matariki ahunga nui Matariki, a time of bounty

Matariki manako nui Matariki, a time of aspiration


Kia ora ma whanau te kura Kotuku Lauriston,


Across the country, communities are getting excited about the first ever celebration of Matariki as a NZ public holiday.


Matariki, including Puanga, have traditionally been celebrated with several important themes. These themes have guided the creation of our learning focus and planning leading up to Matariki this year. (Some iwi name this time of year Puanga because they’re not able to see Matariki clearly from their locality. They look to the next important star near Matariki – Puanga.)


These themes are illustrated in our school context by:

Reflection: remembering loved ones who have passed on, especially within the past lunar year

Native Area and Bird Highway Tree Planting-date to be confirmed

Te Whare Pou Matauranga workshop for parents-date to be confirmed

Staff only day-27 June (Professional development day for staff with Nathan Crocker on Student Inquiry and Agency & Mark Treadwell on Competencies)

Celebration: celebrating the bounty and blessings of the present

Matariki Public Holiday-24 June

Matariki Book Week-celebrating reading in NZ-held over two weeks 15 June through to 23 June (see flyer)

Our first annual School Hangi- date to be confirmed

School Powhiri for new whanau (We haven’t yet been able to officially welcome our new whanau to our school in this way due to COVID-19 in Term 4 last year and Term 1 in 2022.)-date to be confirmed

Acknowledgement of Colin by the Opuke Kahui Ako for his role in leading the Kahui Ako (9 schools and 8 Early Childhood Centres) over the past two and half years, 2019-2021-27 June

Te Whare Pou Matauranga workshop for parents -date to be confirmed

End of Term Assembly celebrating our students progress and achievements in Term 2 -date to be confirmed

Whanau Hui-which offers our families, students and staff to meet together to celebrate progress and achievement, while also formulating goals for the next 6 months ahead-held over two weeks-13 June through to 23 June

Aspiration: setting aspirations to ensure that that bounty can continue long into the future with a focus on environmental protection and regeneration.

Whanau Hui-which offers our families, students and staff to meet together to celebrate progress and achievement, while also formulating goals for the next 6 months ahead-13 June through to 23 June.

Native Area and Bird Highway Tree Planting-date to be confirmed

Kapa Haka-preparing for performances in Term 3 including at the first annual Opuke Festival of Cultures held at Lauriston School

As you can see above we have planned a range of meaningful and authentic activities to help us learn about and celebrate Matariki together this year.

We would love to engage with our whanau in helping us to plan and set a date for our community to come together to celebrate Matariki and our children’s progress, achievements and learning.

Please complete the survey: below to help us with our planning.

Nga mihi nui

Colin Brodie


Principal