Welcome back to Room 2’s blog!
It’s Hana and Ilo again! We are back with more awesome news starting of with Cook Islands language Week!
We celebrated Cook Islands language week for 3 days Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Day 1: Monday.. Raising of the flag ceremony was held to open our language week. We were blessed with the presence of our Cook Islands community who came to support. The whole school sang a song in Cook Islands Maori called “Aroa mai te Atua iaku; My God loves me.” Timothy was chosen to pull the flag and he did a great job timing it well until the end of the national anthem. After raising of the flag, the whole school made their way to the hall for assembly. Our manuiri (visitors) received a guard of honour by Waka Ahukura chanting “Tuoro, Tuoro ia ra” (Welcome, welcome all). Then Miss Johnson danced our visitors in with Whaea Terangi leading them to their seats. It was an amazing day to start our week.
Day 1 done and dusted!
Day 2: WEDNESDAY - EXPO DAY
A lot of activities was set up for us to learn and enjoy! Room 2 students was assigned to monitor each stations. There were 8 stations all together!
Station 1: Greetings/Welcoming the classes with an activity task card to do
Station 2: Weavings - making windmill fans, sunglasses, mats, balls, headbands, etc using palm leaves
Station 3: Making a headpiece (ei katu) with rauti leaves (cordyline fruticosa)
Station 4: Making bracelets from flowers and straws
Station 5: Carvings
Station 6: Tivaevae (Cook Islands traditional quilts)
Station 7: Artefacts and Music
Station 8: Food (what yummy donuts that was)
Waka Ahuru was the first to come in at 1st block. Followed by Te Moananui a Kiwa, and lastly, Waka Ahurukura. All classes had lots of fun during their sessions. We are so proud of ourselves because every time a class leaves, we see lots of smiles on their face and during that time we hope they had learnt something from the Cook Islands expo! Day 2 over!
Day 3: FRIYAY..
Awesome teachers who worked really hard to ensure we have an amazing Cook Islands Language week.
During this day we had a fashion show, a talent show and a closing ceremonial dance/assembly.
Here’s some stunning models wearing TAV clothing proudly sponsored by TAV Pacific.
Aren't they the cutest!
Felicia George former Miss Cook Islands 2015 came to support and brought these beautiful TAV clothing that Cook Islanders and other people wear for formal functions. We are so lucky!
Meitaki Ma'ata Felicia & TAV Pacific
Room 11 with their item head, shoulders knees and toes sung in Cook Islands "Kua mako!
"Manea tikai" Beautiful dancing from Room 9
Unfortunately we did not have photos taken for rooms 1 and 2's talent show "Kare manamanata" No worries be happy.
Lastly, girls from room 2 did a dance for the closing ceremony.
That was our journey through the Cook Islands. What a fun filled week. I e e koko!
Tuesday 14th: Inter School Netball Tournament
Wednesday 15th: Teachers Strike
Thank you for reading our blog for week 2. Stay tuned!