Powhiri Welcome at Centennial school
For the start of the 2020 year teachers at Waimate Centennial decided that the best way to welcome students was to perform a traditional powhiri/Welcome.
On Monday morning Waimate Centennial students experienced this very different welcome when they arrived at school for the first day of the new school year. After meeting and greeting, their teachers walked them to the school hall where the students were arranged to enter together. When the teachers were seated in the hall the children came in to the call of the kaikaranga/ (person who calls people onto the Marae) Mrs Tania Paul, who is a new teacher at Centennial. The students supported the ceremony by singing Waiata/ songs that they already knew. Along with Mrs Paul the principal, Mr Young, Te Reo teacher, Makere and her husband Matua John all took part in the special welcome.
This kind of learning is beneficial for all students as way to promote well-being and belonging. We know that when we provide these very special occasions for our students, we are not only providing them for Maori students we are providing them for everyone in the school.
All schools in the Waimate district are integrating Te Reo and tikanga/special Maori into their school programmes. Other Maori events this year include managing the very popular Matariki celebration that will be held in the second term.