Kia Ora Whanau!!
Over the last two months, we celebrated four Language Weeks - Tongan, Te Reo Maori, Fijian and Niuean. We also celebrated the Indian Festival of Lights also known as "Diwali".
During these two months, both tamarikis and kaiakos learned new words and phrases from these respective nations and we would use these words and phrases during the week. The tamariki also learned some life skills that their parents and grandparents did growing up in the islands, things like scraping the coconut and learning how to screen print designs onto cloths and paper.
During the Diwali Week Celebration, children decorated their "diya" which was then put on display and the children had "henna" drawn on their hands as well.
Even though our tamariki grew up here in Aotearoa, they are very proud of who they are and where they are from and we as kaiako will continue to encourage them to speak their mother tongue.
We are very grateful to our whanau who helped us during these two months in making our celebrations a success.