On Friday 27th October the entire school visited the local community marae, Nga Hau e Wha. For the first time, we were invited on to the marae, and so the children and many adults, experienced the role as Manuhiri. Piripi and Vinnie were very supportive of our school and everyone there were involved in performing the hongi too. Afterwards the Seniors were given a quick history lesson about the region and the importance of the Maungatautari area before heading off to local points of importance - Lake Te Ko Utu and the monument marking a cemetary in St Kilda beside the new highway. Meanwhile the Juniors stayed at the marae to experience activities in the life of Maaori many years ago: ti rakau, poi, harakeke, waiata, string games, legends.
It was an awesome day.
The annual Roto-o-Rangi School Speech night was held recently. The topics were thought provoking, humourous and well constructed; then delivered with style.
May 8-11 based at Lakes Ranch, Rotorua. Visits to: Rainbow Mountain, Whakarewarewa, the Buried Village, Blue Lake, Redwood Forest. Activities at Lakes Ranch: Archery, Orienteering, Kayaking, Rock Wall Climbing, and the famous Mud Run.
Here are a few photos of the annual Roto-o-Rangi Cross Country, held on the Wallis Farm.