The recent appearance in the night sky of the constellation of stars known as Matariki, or the Seven Sisters, was celebrated by Blockhouse Bay Primary last term with a whole school assembly. The members of the kapa haka group were outstanding performers, due to many hours of practice led by teacher, Whaea Jas.
Matariki heralds the Māori New Year and is a time of new beginnings. Across the school many new activities were experienced by the children teaching them about what Matariki means to Māori and exploring other aspects of traditional Māori arts and craft. Paper kites were created and attempts made to fly them – stars were cut out and brightly coloured, paper fish were woven, and competitive knuckle-bones played! A rich cultural experience and worthy celebration of Matariki.