Friday was a magical evening at Ararira Springs with lanterns lit, braziers burning and sausages sizzling. Whanau gathered to celebrate Matariki as a time of celebration and reflection. Children had spent time during the day preparing vegetable soup for our guests. This was accompanied by sausages and bread and an array of baked treats. Children enjoyed a hot chocolate whilst toasting marshmallows on the braziers. Activities were set out and included storytelling, weaving and star gazing, however, children enjoyed being at school in the dark with torches.
A few weeks earlier a team of parents had come into school to help children make lanterns for the evening. As a final activity, the lanterns were lit and children walked around the periphery of the school.
It was an awesome community event and a huge thank you must go to Te Hapori Tautoko (THT) for the organisation of the event and their help in making it such a success. Matariki is a time of reflection, and of looking forward. I know I am truly blessed to lead such a wonderful school. It is going to be a fabulous year and I look forward to all that it holds.