Haere Mai and Welcome to the Māori Blogger site for Marshland School. This site has been created to celebrate the teaching and learning of Māori at Marshland School. The Māori culture makes us unique and special as kiwis is our unique and beautiful indigenous culture. We can all connect with our ‘kiwiness’ through Te Reo me ōna Tikanga Māori, and showcase our unique gifts to the rest of the world! We welcome you as whānau, kaiako and ākonga to learn together and embrace the concept of AKO.
By Kellie Sim and Wiki Brown
Over Term 3, Pukeko and Kiwi have been meeting once a week to participate in some junior kapa haka. The tamariki have been having a fabulous time learning actions to some well known Māori songs. Here is a short video of them singing and doing actions to the Matariki Song.
This term Pukeko have been working on their Pepeha. We have
created a visual Pepeha incorporates their mountain and river. In our hub we
have created two different types. Boyce and Sim created a textured artwork with
pastel and dye. Calvert and Smith created a sketch with pastel and dye.
are at their beginning stages of learning their pepeha. They will continue to
learn and practice their Pepeha next term.
In the mornings, we start the day with a Karakia, kupu (word)
and whakatauki (proverb). This karakia is a great way for the students to focus
on setting themselves up for the day with the right mind-set for learning. The
kupu is changed every week and is based around a sentence. This term is based
on asking what the weather is like. The proverb changes twice a term and is
based on learning aspects.
Every two weeks, the senior students in the school have an
opportunity to earn house points by completing a Māori quiz. The quiz questions the students on their te reo
knowledge. Students are allowed to use the web to solve the questions. This is
often used in class for a fast finisher or added as an added extra for
Toroa have been looking that the Maori concept of Kaitiakitanga. This has tied in nicely to our inquiry into plastics and the need for everyone to do their bit for the environment, and to make a change for the better. We have looked at how plastic as a resource has taken over some of the more natural resources we once used. The concept of Kaitiakitanga is about guardianship and protection of the land. We have completed art work with oil pastels around this, and are moving into Matariki, and the stories of Rangi and Papa, the original Kaitiaki, and their sons, again, tying in with what we have learned about Kaitiakitanga. This will culminate in the students creating some shadow puppets out of card, creating their own representation of the story of Matariki as a shadow puppet show, and sharing it with each other, and in assembly. We will endeavour video a couple so we can upload these to the blog too :o)
Students were tasked with creating a visual that could be displayed on their blogs that incorporated Māori greetings. The following children from Korimako, did a fantastic job and were rewarded with 100 house points. Ka pai tamariki! Click on the link below to see their work! ELLALOGANTAYLA
By Taryn Woodham A korowai is a Māori cloak, it was made in early Māori times and it is normally woven or made from traditional materials like flax or feathers. The Korowai was usually worn by people with prestige or honour, like chiefs.
Today it is still used as a symbol of belonging or unity, and can be worn by anyone. Our Korowai is made from feathers that we all created, so it has a piece of us all inside it. This signifies our belonging to Korimako and shows how all of us together make our hub a strong, encouraging and welcoming learning space.
In Tui we have been integrating Te Reo Māori by making it a regular part of our daily routines. When doing the morning roll the children are able to greet their home teacher in Māori. We have been practicing using Morena, Kia Ora and Ata Mārie to do this, After this, we move into our Manawa space where we begin the day together. To signify the team that we are, we stand together and say the school Karakia together.
Our Tamariki especially love it when we have a birthday in the Hub. This calls for the special birthday boy/girl to stand up in front so we can sing happy birthday to them in Te Reo. Having Mr V as part of the Tui team means that we get to sing some waiata. Here is a video of one of our favourites!
By Emma Jackson Kiwi Hub integrated Te Reo into our daily programme, by making it a natural part of the children's learning. We have been teaching our tamariki all the ways they can greet in Māori. We begin our day by greeting each other and singing our morning karakia. We then ask our tamariki "Ko te aha tēnei rā?" (What day is this?), to which they reply by telling us what day it is in Māori. During our morning Brain Break, the children count forwards and in Māori and then backwards as well, which is quite tricky - we are getting better at it. :)
By Matthew Boyce The Pukeko children have been learning how to use 'tena koutou' (hello to three or more children) and 'tena koe' (hello to one person) to greet others during Circle Time. We have also been using 'ka kite' at the end of the day to farewell others.