We have a strong Kapa Haka, that gives the children of Cashmere Avenue opportunities to gain confidence through performance.
Kapa Haka plays a role in the development of a love of the Māori language and cultural values. Our students express a positive well-being through the sense of belonging and mana. Matua Alwyn allows our learners joyful participation in Kapa Haka through opportunities for fun and tuakana teina. Our whole rōpū performs at the Northern Zone’s St Brigid’s Kapa Haka Festival - a community highlight that will often see 1000 people as an audience across the day.
The legends of our school set in the 1970s has allowed us a deep relationship with Maraeroa Marae. We have much aroha for our Kaumatua, Waata Peita and his wife, Whaea Diane. Our Year 4 students sleep overnight at the marae each year, and are told many stories by our Kaumatua.
Through the board’s belief in children experiencing Māori culture, Matua Alwyn is with us each week, immersing all tamariki and kaiako (teachers) in learning Te Reo and tikanga. When you visit our school, you will regularly hear our learners use greetings and expressions in Māori, and be well versed in waiata.
Matariki cluster marks the Māori New Year and calls for a time of reflection and celebration. This is an event that our school comes together to celebrate each year. At CAS we recognise this event for the significance in Te Ao Maori. We do this by using the event as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of myths and legends, cultural practices and Te Reo Māori.
Each year we focus our Matariki Event around the kaupapa of one of the stars of this cluster. This year we reflect on Hiwa-i-te-rangi. Hiwa-i-te-rangi is the star connected with granting our wishes, and realising our aspirations for the coming year. We acknowledge this kaupapa by calling on whānau to spend time setting goals by writing them on a template at our Matariki Event. As well as our school Kapa Haka performing, whānau are also invited to partake in a shared supper, in alignment with tikanga Māori. The main purpose of this event is to continue to build on our school value of whanaungatanga.