Wananga: Our learning


During the first week of term 2 at Waihi College Kookie, Larn and Clarke, helped Waihi/Waihi Beach teachers learn about Turangawaewae 'our place of being,' this is a shared theme in schools during term 2 of 2012. We focussed on learning some of the stories that explained historically the arrival of the Maori people and the areas that they lived in around Waihi and throughout New Zealand. Check out the video and audio files on this page East School's Turangawaewae resources. for those stories (below are a few of the stories).

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Room 3 Year 4 / 5 and 6 students from Waihi East School have been working on understanding myths or legends that link with Matariki. We used Puppet Pals HD for the iPad and iPod to retell our own version of the 'Creation Myth'. The characters were drawn by class members who also worked on creating voices that suited their role. The videos below are four Creation Myth versions, the first video features Cam and Jaiden doing the character voices and Cam drew all the characters. The second Creation Myth version is by 'The Girls of Room 3' people in this group are Ashley, Kelli-rose, Amy and Renee. Third example is Samuel B's group who were Matt, Travis, Khan, Innocent and Tyron. The final example involved Izaak, Renee, Brock, Alana, Jaiden, Kaurerewa and Tian working together to create the character voices.

The Junior School at Waihi Beach School had a morning each with Whaea Lisa. She taught us some cool songs for Matariki and told us the story of Matariki.
We are learning the names of the stars in the Matariki cluster.