In the first term of each year the school participates in a Noho Marae experience. This is an overnight experience on a Marae where children are exposed to marae protocols and customs. The days are full of engaging activities and games and those parents who can’t stay often come out in the evenings for tea. Children take responsibility for doing meal preparation and other duties and practice our school values of taking responsibility for themselves and others. It is also a confidence building experience for younger students, in a supportive environment, who have not experienced many times away from home.
We acknowledge and celebrate the Maori new year in different ways each year. Last year we had a sleepover at school. We walked up to the top of the hill behind the school to see the stars, got up early to observe the sunrise and finished the day with a beautiful hangi lunch.
As a school we encourage our tamariki to be confident in singing waiata and performing haka. We incorporate Maori culture and tikanga within our school through classroom programmes and school events. For 2017 we will be employing a dedicated Kapa Haka Tutor.