Matariki: Howick Kindergarten’s shining stars

Throughout the month of June, Howick Kindergarten has been celebrating Matariki.

Head Teacher Leonie Kelly said over the last few weeks the children have been involved in several learning experiences related to welcoming in the Maori New Year.  The teachers and children planted a new vegetable garden, have been making and decorating kites, connecting with papatuanuku (the earth) by modelling clay sculptures and digging for dinosaur fossils in our sandpit.

Sisters Evie and Maddie Kingham cutting up vegetables for Matariki soup.

The kindergarten, in Wellington Street, culminated their celebrations with a special day on Wednesday July 1 where parents, caregivers and children shared vegetable soup made by the children.  During this event the kindergarten children also performed a short concert for their whanau, showcasing some of the Matariki songs they have learned over the past few weeks.

Parents Yuan Zhang and Yun Wang with child Megan Wang.
Kiki Bester helping with planting a vegetable garden. (Holding a Broccoli plant)