…what a lovely start to the new term today! With a shared morning tea for all children and their whanau, songs (E te Atua, Tu tiro…, E rere taku poi, etc), prayers and crafts – we enjoyed this morning very much! Thank you everybody for participating!
For crafts, the children made some ‘peace-houses’ out of paper (a resource from the Australian Peace Pack). Colouring them in with great detail and care. It was a lovely activity to share with the families, and something to take home afterwards.
We’ll start with our regular classes again next week – Sunday 5 November, 10am. See you all then 🙂
Learning to look out for others first and acquiring an attitude of service is a life-long effort. We started with little steps in our children’s class today. We restructured our class sequence slightly:
- start with washing hands and then sitting in a circle on the matt
- have prayers and music, all age groups together
- then we have our morning tea, and the children have turns in serving everyone the food (instead of ‘help yourself’ or grab as much as you can :)…)
- after that, we separate into our age groups for the lesson
- the two older groups then join for some games
- …and then come together at the end for a closing karakia/prayer and another song or two.
While today’s lesson was about generosity, Aunty Ngaro and Lily shared with us how to make pois! Aunty Ngaro had most generously braided a whole lot of ‘handles’ for us to then use and attach the ‘ball’-part. They look absolutely beautiful and will come in very handy, for practicing our songs!
While the two older classes learnt and practiced how to use the pois (it’s quite tricky really!) the youngest class learnt about sharing…
All in all it was a busy morning – with 5 new children joining today, which brings our roll up to just over 30 – wow! We need to get moving and train more teachers soon! (Let us know if you’d like to help!)
There are 3 more classes before we break for the school holidays – don’t miss out – see you next week! 🙂