Today we welcomed our new children, their siblings and families to our school with a whole school powhiri. This is an important tradition at our school.
Senior students take on leadership roles of giving the karanga to welcome the manuhiri into the hall, leading the waiata and giving speeches. All children participate in the powhiri and contribute through singing and listening.
Many families have never experienced a powhiri before. Some feel nervous beforehand but overwhelmingly people really appreciate being welcomed in this way. I like that our children feel comfortable with this process so that when they attend a powhiri later on in education or at work, or in a personal context, they can feel confident that they know what to do.
If you have never been to one of our powhiri they will be held on the third Wednesday of each term in 2014. You would be most welcome.