The legends of our school set in the 1970s has allowed us a deep relationship with Maraeroa Marae, Porirua. 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.
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.
Kapa Haka is held every Monday. Year 3-6 is 11:45am-12:30pm. Year 0-2 is 12.30pm-1:00pm. If you are a whānau member that is keen to come along and support, please notify your child’s classroom teacher. We would be glad to have you join us.
Through the Board of Trustee’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. Here are some karakia we use with some video links attached for you to practice at home:
From the age of 5, our students learn their mihimihi (basic personal introduction). They are taught to introduce themselves to others through sharing their heritage and links to land. Children are encouraged to bring their own mihimihi to school, particularly if they have Māori background. Here are the templates we use with an audio link attached for you to practice at home:
We also have an Ako programme that celebrates the Tuakana-Teina approach allowing both teachers and children to learn from one another about Te Ao Māori, through history, art, language, performance and stories. Our teachers and students enjoy whānau groupings that see them learning with and from a range of children from Year 0 to 6.
The setting and rising of the Matariki cluster marks the Māori New Year and calls for a time of reflection and celebration. At CAS we recognise this by hosting an evening event where our school comes together to celebrate and share stories. Each year we focus our Matariki Event around the kaupapa of one of the stars of this cluster. We also view this as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of myths and legends, cultural practices and Te Reo Māori.
Whānau Hui are held each term. Check the School Calendar and Newsletter for upcoming dates. The purpose of these hui is to further build whanaungatanga in our wider community and respond to whānau voices about how our school empowers Māori to learn as Māori. To express your interest in this or if you have any further questions, talk with your child’s classroom teacher.
Each term we host a Pōwhiri welcoming ceremony for all new whānau members. We follow Te Atiawa kawa for this. As well as new members, we also welcome current community members to attend to join the school in welcoming new whanau. Check the School Calendar and Newsletter for upcoming dates. Here are some Pōwhiri waiata with some audio links attached for you to practice at home: