Riverdale Kindergarten celebrated Matariki with an evening concert on Thursday 18 June.
Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters, that rises only once a year. It also signals the start of the Māori New Year and remembering the past, present and future.
In traditional times, Matariki was a time to prepare the ground for the coming year, with produce offered to the gods. It was also a good time to instruct young people in learnings of the land and their whakapapa.
In preparation of the evening’s activities, the children had spent time participating in numerous art activities and learning an array of waiata that they performed at their concert, before sharing a meal with whānau and friends.
This focused learning of whānau and cultural awareness reflects important aspects of Te Whāriki and belonging, while the concert itself was an enjoyable way to spend time with the wider kindergarten community. This was by far the biggest whānau event to date that Riverdale Kindergarten has held and they’re on the lookout for a bigger venue. They are so very proud of their tamariki.