Monday, 1 July 2019

Matariki at Cornwall Park

Last Friday morning at dawn, over 200 of the CPDS staff, students and parents gathered together to celebrate the start of the Māori new year and to begin our annual day long Matariki celebrations. Our kaumātua, Godfrey Rudolph, began our day with a karakia which gave blessings and reminded us all of the purpose of Matariki. Not only a time to remember those who have passed before us, but an important celebration of life going forward.
Our kapa haka group performed beautifully, despite the early morning chill and once the speeches and waiata were done, everyone moved to the warmth of the wharehui, where we enjoyed breakfast together.
For the remainder of the day students,parents and staff were involved in a wide range of activities: poi, rākau games, kite making, waiata and creating art pieces. 
Across the school juniors and seniors worked together. This beautiful korowai was produced by a group of 5 year olds working with the seniors ( years 5 & 6) 

This other piece represents the more than 500 stars which form the Matariki cluster.

It was, as always, a wonderful event which brought together our community. 
Tino pai rawa atu ngā tāngata katoa !
Well done everyone

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