Linton Kindergarten held their first Matariki celebration in June. Matariki is the name for a cluster of stars that only rises once a year, traditionally marking the Māori New Year as a time to remember those who have passed, and celebrate new life and the year ahead.
The celebration reminded the tamariki of their bicultural heritage. Jerome Kavanagh, the Association's Pou Whakarewa Tikanga Māori, provided teachers guidance on Matariki, helping shape the celebration.
The children shared stories, waiata and marshmallows around a campfire. This focused learning of whānau and cultural awareness reflects important aspects of Te Whāriki.
The learning was extended beyond the kindergarten environment as children shared their Matariki stories with their families, strengthening the connection between kindergarten and home.
Linton Kindergarten plans to celebrate Matariki annually, with the children excitedly anticipating next year's Matariki campfire.