Cultural Opportunities

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Hato Pirihiti (St Brigid’s) Kapa Haka

Kia Mau – Tuakana Teina

Our Kapa Haka group, led by Tania Fransen with the much appreciated support of Wayne Firmin & Fiona Kearns, is for students who are in Years 4 – 8.

During Terms 2 and 3, the group meets in the Kea Room every Thursday from 8.30 – 9.30am with a key focus of working towards performing at the annual St Brigid’s Kapa Haka Festival.

This year our school will host the Festival being held at Newlands College on 19 September. This group also leads the Powhiri to welcome any special guests who visit our school.

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These are our two Maori extension groups whereby our Maori students are offered a chance to celebrate their unique cultural identity.
We have our Tuakana (senior group) taught by Tania Fransen, which comprises of our Maori students Years 4-8 and our Teina (junior group) taught by Denise Govind, comprising of our Maori students in Years 1-3.

We offer opportunities for students to learn te reo Maori and tikanga through activities and themes that interest and extend our Maori students.

Our senior students also learn and perform the important leadership roles of Powhiri and Whakatau, as well as providing leadership within their own peer groups and classroom settings.

Our Kia Mau students also take part in our Kapa Haka group.