Yesterday Room 12 and 13 had the pleasure of visiting Rapaki Marae. We were invited onto the Marae by the Marae kaumatua (elders) with a Mihi Whakatau. Matua Isaac explained the meaning behind the carvings and art inside the whare tipuna and shared myths and legends of the Rapaki area and whanau. We saw pounamu in it's natural state, and cleaned up the beach. A 'Crab Resort' was also built to accomodate the crabs students were hunting for. We had a fantastic day! Rapaki Marae is open 7 days a week, and the students were encouraged to return.
"It was fun as we got to learn about Maori traditions and tikanga, and go down to the beach. We also learnt about the names of places and people and the different representations in the wharenui art and building." - Maya, Rm12
"We learnt lot's about the local history, how the land around here had evolved and how it came to be." - Meg, Rm12
"I learnt lot's and it was great hearing all the myths and legends, and I loved going down to the beach. I'd love to go to Rapaki Marae again!" - Poppy, Rm12
"It was a great day, a highlight was learning about the pounamu and picking up crabs on the beach." - Judy and Dani, Rm13
This week, Highflier's were lucky enough to meet and listen to Paralympic gold medal holder Sophie Pascoe. She spoke to us about setting goals for the future, putting in the hard yards to reach those goals and to continue reviewing them. Sophie was an inspiration for our students (and teachers), and especially for our swimmers! Thank you Sophie!