Friday, 30 June 2017
Matariki @ Cornwall Park District School
Friday last week CPDS celebrated Matariki in style.
Safe from the weather in the hall, approximately 200 of our school whanau sang, laughed and ate together whilst learning about this fantastic event. Godfrey Rudolph, our school Kaumatua, greeted us in style and caused us to pause and think deeply about what Matariki means. Valance Smith, our guest speaker, involved all children and parents in song and voice. His humour, exceptional knowledge and enthusiasm helped make this event special.
The PTA and Sanitarium helped to feed everyone. Thanks must also go to our AP Alicia Whata, Lisa Rolle, staff and the PTA for their help and support of this event. It didn’t, however, end after the Dawn Celebration. Throughout the day all tamariki were involved in creating and exploring Matariki and Tikanga Maori. This culminated in a fun-filled assembly where students shared and explained their new knowledge. This celebration of Matariki is now a CPDS tradition and we look forward to it happening all over again in 2018.