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30 June 2017

posted 29 Jun 2017, 19:03 by Carolyn Brett
Whakarongo ake au ki te tangi
a te manu e rere nei
Tūī, tūī, tūī, tūīa
Tūīa i runga, tūīa i raro
Ka rongo te pō, ka rongo te ao
Maranga mai Pūanga.
Maranga mai Matariki.

...... and what a wonderful day we woke up to on Monday, our special Matariki Celebration Day. The people kept coming, the food kept coming, the plants kept getting planted, the parents, staff and children kept on 'appreciating beauty and excellence'...... friends and parents helping out, guiding, sorting, cutting, sewing.... Stan Chan teaching Chinese painting (thanks to the Asia NZ Foundation for supporting this), nephews reading, daughters supporting...... this was a true community event in every which way and we loved it! 

On days like Monday, our school really puts itself up and out there for all the things we hold dear and what we believe we do well. The big three being:

1. The whole child
2. Knowledge building and inquiry
3. Collaboration

It was all happening on so many levels. Next week, we step things up another gear with the Arts Celebration scheduled for Tuesday 4 July and Wednesday 5 July. Come on either day, anytime between 5pm and 7pm.
The timing is important, so please don't come any earlier than 5pm, it won't be accessible, doors will be closed. It's too hard for the people putting the works up, they need space and no interruptions or distractions.

Once again, our staff will push limits to give the children a great experience. I see that Sir Ken Robinson (one of our favourites) has a new book out "Creative Schools - the grassroots revolution that's transforming schools". It's on order and you can anticipate hearing more about that some time soon. In the meantime, if you are new to the Sir Ken Robinson world, I would strongly recommend checking out his Ted Talks for a start. He has very clear ideas about education and his definition of the overall aims of education is: 

"To enable students to understand the world around them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active compassionate citizens.

Now, that's hard to disagree with!

Look forward to seeing you enjoying a wide array of 'action on inquiry' through art and an element of appreciation of beauty and excellence on Tuesday or Wednesday evening next week.