Diving Deeper Maori 2018-03-07T09:51:23+13:00

Diving Deeper Maori

As part of our Diving Deeper programme, Mrs Wendt takes a group of  Year 4-6 children for two hour sessions over 5 weeks.  Our programme is focused on tikanga me te reo Maori.  Last year we looked at the koru and its significance in Maori artworks.  We created our own paintings of koru. In 2011, we focused on flax weaving.  We researched the tikanga surrounding the preparation and weaving of flax, and we created flax flowers. In the past we have made manu taratahi, puoro (clay flutes), researched Matariki and created podcasts of local Maori legends.

This year in Diving Deeper we focused on Te Reo.  We learnt to converse in Maori and wrote a short script.  We then used Sock Puppets (an ipad app) to record ourselves.  We also drew pictures in kidpix to make a book about our feelings.  Please click on the video links below.  Our book is called E pehea ana koe?

Please watch Mia and Katie’s short video below.  You will love it!

Diving Deeper Maori 2017

As part of our Maori Whanau strategic plan, our whanau have expressed a desire to have more Maori art around the school.

We have designed 3 pou for the skateboard track.  This is to enhance the 3 existing poles.  We have created artwork which depicts nga mea o te whenua, nga mea o te rangi, nga mea o te moana (designs that depict land, sea, and sky).  Each pou will also have our motto written in Maori- Kia aroha, kia akona, kia aro atu.

Shadow with the help of some children will cut these designs from a piece of piping that will act as a sleeve for each pou.  Each pou will be painted a different colour- red, white, grey.  There will be solar lighting to enhance the designs especially at night.

We also created a mural which depicts our school pepeha.  This has been displayed in the foyer in the Admin Block opposite the Mary MacKillop room.

Diving Deeper Maori 2016

As part of our Maori Whanau strategic plan, our whanau have expressed a desire to have more Maori art around the school.
Our Diving Deeper Maori group worked with a local Maori Artist Brian Mitchell and created some kowhaiwhai panels which we have now displayed in the admin area. The koru is the most basic shape of the Kowhaiwhai pattern. The other two basic shapes used in kowhaiwhai are the kape (crescent) and the kapua or ovoid shape.

The traditional colours of Kowhaiwhai are:

  • RED  |  To represent warmth, blood, life. Red was obtained by mixing red ochre with shark-liver oil.
  • WHITE  |  To  represent purity, promise for the future, an awakening. Pipeclay was ground and mixed with shark oil.
  • BLACK  |  To represent the earth. Black was obtained by mixing charcoal with shark oil.
4 Basic Kowhaiwhai Patterns The Pattern Represents
Kowhaiwhai pattern was called Mango Pare  The pattern has been based on the hammerhead shark It represents strength and resilience
Kowhaiwhai pattern is called Ngutu Kåkå  The pattern has been based on the Parrot’s Beak It represents the abundance of food provided by the forest
Kowhaiwhai pattern is called Puhoro The pattern has been based on the swirling waters of the ocean It represents speed
Kowhaiwhai pattern is called Takaarangi It represents knowledge and navigation

Diving Deeper Maori 2015

This year in Diving Deeper Maori, we focused on learning Te Reo and making resources that we could use in the classroom.

We used an iPad app called Puppet Pals and made a resource to teach children about Matariki. Here are a couple of examples.

We made a picture book called “Tokohia”  to help children with counting which we published using snapfish.

Diving Deeper Maori 2014

In Diving Deeper Maori this year we focused on learning Te Reo and making resources that we could use in the classroom. One of the media we used to share our pepeha was an iPad app called Tellagami. We created our own gami and imported a background photo. We then recorded ourselves reciting our pepeha. Below are a couple of examples the children made.

We also made two books which we published using snapfish. One is called Kia Tupato and teaches children the Maori kupu for prepositions such as on, under, in etc. Please enjoy.

Our second book is called Kei hea a Waikamania.   Again it teaches Maori kupu for prepositions as well as names of places around the school.  Enjoy!

Diving Deeper Art

In 2013 the diving deeper art group made mosaic tiles.  These will be used in the future as part of the Jesus Garden that is currently being planned.  It was a great experience working together and developing new skills to create these mosaic tiles.

Diving Deeper Philosophy 2016

Below is a link to the Philosophy page where a group of Year 3/4 children are learning to think critically and ask deep questions about our world.

Philosophy page