In the last week of Term 3, Year 7 presented their Pre-European Maori artefacts, which had been really hard work. We started the Pre-European Maori Celebration of Learning in Clouston Hall with our parents. We performed the school waiata, Ko Hato Katopeta to our audience. Following this, the Middle School Kapa Haka performed their surprisingly ferocious haka. After the songs, our Class Captains shared highlights of the term, including the exciting class trips we had been on earlier, including the Auckland Museum, Mangere Mountain and the Orakei Marae.
Then, we led the parents to our classrooms and we showed them around, introducing them to a range of artefacts they have never heard of, so I am sure they learnt a lot. There were taiaha, patu, cloaks, kete, mere, Marae and many others. We showed the parents some of our favourites from every class. They especially liked the thoughts that went into making each artefact. Each artefact had a report giving more information about what we had made and an explanation of how we made it.
It was a wonderful experience to finish off our term of exploring what life was like for the Pre-European Maori.
Helen Cai and Claudia Goldsworthy