Culture festival first for school

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Sing along . . .Heriot School pupils perform for an audience of parents and caregivers at the school's cultural festival. PHOTO: AMANDA CARRINGTON

A term’s worth of work was brought to the stage when Heriot School pupils put on a cultural festival last week.

Pupils sang waiata for an audience of parents and caregivers on Thursday.

The girls performed with poi and the boys performed a haka.

Year 6 pupils spoke in Maori in between performances.

On stage . . .Heriot School pupils (from left) Aidan Peters (7), Sebastian Hickman (9), George Brenssell (11) and Sam Johnston (10) perform a haka during a cultural festival held at the school last week. PHOTO: AMANDA CARRINGTON
On stage . . .Heriot School pupils (from left) Aidan Peters (7), Sebastian Hickman (9), George Brenssell (11) and Sam Johnston (10) perform a haka during a cultural festival held at the school last week. PHOTO: AMANDA CARRINGTON

“It’s never easy getting up to speak to people let alone speak in Maori,” Heriot School teacher Tara Kinaston said.

She said the Treaty of Waitangi was the main focus this term. The pupils learnt about Maori legends and had been taught te reo Maori by Marie Haslemore and Jean Maru, both of Gore.

Mrs Haslemore said the pupils had been taught waiata, actions and a haka, which they had picked up really well. It was the first cultural festival Heriot School had put on.

“They’re really keen to learn,” Mrs Haslemore said.