Kapahaka—champions in our eyes

Today our Kapahaka group performed at the Te Whakataetae Kapa Haka Kura Tuatahi. They were amongst the best—an analogy I heard was the All Blacks v Paraguay. We were Paraguay. But boy—were we good or what??!! It was such a thrill to see our young roopu on that stage singing  their hearts out, giving their all to do tremendous justice to the waiata, mōteatea, haka and poi. Their costumes were stunning and they radiated heart and mana.

I was incredibly proud of these tamariki today. They did our school, their parents and iwi, and themselves proud. Matua Vai, Whaea Mel, Margaret and all those who helped them prepare—a huge thank you from me and our school for showcasing us as strong, polished performers.

ULearn 2016

Here I am creating a blog for the third time as a result of a session at the ULearn conference in Rotorua. I have always had good intentions when it comes to blogging but it comes back to purpose—why would I want to? What could I have to say that anyone would be interested in reading?

I will always remember walking along a beautiful beach in Mahia one summer’s evening with a friend, picking up a shell and saying, ‘How are shells made again? I have forgotten.’ My friend responded with, ‘Only a teacher would ask that, Kaye.’ This got me wondering about curiosity and learning and I guess that’s what ongoing learning is all about—having that curiosity about things, asking the questions and never losing that wondering.

I then read something about some people walking through this world, their footsteps barely leaving a mark in the sand—living in the moment with little thought of yesterday or tomorrow. The job at our school is to have our children wondering and asking questions—we have to keep that alive and if it isn’t there for some—to grow and strengthen it.images