Friday, 17 October 2014

Powhiri - Now we are Tangata Whenua

 Today, Millie, Felix, Jackson and Siena were officially welcomed to our school community with a powhiri. Here we are lining up! (The rest of the Little Einsteins went to sit with Nicole's class as they have already had their powhiri.)
 The girls from the kapa haka group called us in to the hall and we sat down on our side of the hall, as visitors. The boys were in the front and the girls sat behind them. David spoke and welcomed us to Russell Street School. Next, the whole school sang for us. It sounded beautiful! Then Rachel, Millie's mum, spoke on behalf our visitors. (Photo of that being added soon...) What lovely words you spoke, Rachel! Thank you. We sang a song, too.
 The boys did a SPECTACULAR haka!
Finally, we shook hands with all the staff. Some of us did a hongi, too.
We all went to the staff room and had some YUMMY kai!
Welcome to our school community, all of you!

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