Trip To Te Oro
Last Week Friday, Room 7 and Room 10 went to Te Oro in Glen Innes, on a bus. When we got there, we thanked the bus driver for driving us there and then lined up in a straight line to go in. Next, we walked in quietly and sat on the chairs. We played little games while we were waiting.
After a while, we were told to take our shoes off and walk into the hall. While we were walking, Whaea Kelly, sang to us slowly and I was comfortably welcomed. We were still standing and she was singing beautifully. After waiting for Whaea Kelly to sing us in, we did a Inoi Tatou to start off the trip.
Then we were asked to sit down and each one of our leaders introduced themselves. Their names were, Whaea Kelly, Whaea Tania, Matua Maruna and Whaea Jack.
Afterwards, we went into groups of three ready to do something creative. In my group we had to make a matariki star because Matariki is coming up and it’s important for the Maori culture.
Whaea Tania first showed us step by step on how to make it, I was shocked and surprised. However they said “Your first star you make is supposed to be given to someone, anyone you’ll like!”. So I gave it to my sister, Anita, because I appreciate her so much. Then I made two other Matariki Stars and kept it to myself. After making our creations, we then went up to recite what we learnt to make. Firstly, our group made matariki stars with flax, the second group painted on wood and the third group painted on rocks.
I loved all of their creative creations, It was amazing and I really liked it. Soon after that, we shaped into a big circle and held hands while we were singing. They gave us a growing Kauri tree for their appreciation because we were the last school visiting them for this year.
We drove back to school and I felt so happy. I want to come back once again!