What a fantastic memorable week it has been for Aroha 5 and the rest of Rowandale fanau in support of celebrating Cook Islands language week.
Meitaki maata to everyone that has made this week so special in support of keeping Te Reo Kuki Airani alive.
Learning a new language through cultural practices demonstrates showing respect of another culture and exploring one's own personal world.
Aroha 5 surely had fun exploring Cook Island culture learning alongside each other such as counting from 1 to 10, dancing to fast and slow beats of music, giving it a go in pronouncing the colours, singing the National anthem, colouring their own Cook Island flag along with recognition of symbols and patterns.
Our final day celebrating Cook Islands language week!
Here is a sneak peek of our Cook Island school assembly.
Beginning with an opening prayer, welcoming our new teachers and students, group performances from team Aroha, Tumanako and Whakapono. Along with a special performance from four of our lovely teachers. Followed by around the world drum dance, there sure was a lot of hips and knees shaking side to side in beat of the drums. Ending with closing prayer and a delicious feast made with so much love.