Jane shared a moment

Jane Vogels | September 2021

6 classes from Intermediate to Transition students completed their own 'Moments' captured on Video and Powerpoint, (not shared due to privacy reasons, as we are a school and participants on Zoom are identifiable by name and face); Karakia, Greetings, Whakatauki, Waiata, Pepeha and counting in Te Reo, were shared.

6 classes from Intermediate to Transition students completed their own 'Moments' captured on Video and Powerpoint, (not shared due to privacy reasons, as we are a school and participants on Zoom are identifiable by name and face); Karakia, Greetings, Whakatauki, Waiata, Pepeha and counting in Te Reo, were shared.

Some were incorporated into a wider school community gathering from 11:45 am on Tuesday 14 September, 2021, where 100 participants joined to share in karakia; heard and learned a whakatauki (He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata! ); sang our School Song (Tu Kotahi E); heard contributions from our classes, including a beautiful solo of the waiata Ehara i te Mea; and closed with karakia.

Tremendous feedback has included the following comments:

"I am now making a conscious effort to use some Māori phrases in both conversation and written work. I even listened to a couple of short podcasts on Māori language & pronunciation. He pai te mahi."

"a great learning time for me"

I personally learnt two whakatauki, made the effort to learn the verse in Te Reo from our school song ( the timing is really tricky) and spent some time researching and finding suitable karakia. I have been working on expanding my greetings for email and spoke some Te Reo during the Moment which was a challenge for me. Others researched and practiced whakatauki, karakia and also prepared and researched to support their classes. Most importantly, I made links within our own school community, and several of us see the potential for continuing this mahi going forward.

I think next year we would like to do far more, especially if we are not constrained by lockdown! But we have made a beginning and it has been very well supported and received.

Kia kaha te reo Māori. May our language be strong.

Kia kaha Aotearoa. May our country be strong.

Kia ora Aotearoa. May our people be well.

Ngaa mihi for your support and resources - I have had a few technical challenges, but also some valuable learning around that too!

Kia ora koutou.

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