Term 2 focus – “Proud of our Place, Proud of our People”

We were fortunate to find the treasure in Whaea Emily, Emily-Rose’s great grandmother. Emily Karaka is a renowned New Zealand artist. We wondered how we could acknowledge Whaea Emily, her daughter, her grand daughter and her great granddaughter to recognise the connections and the gifts they would bring as a whanau. When I put the word out that we would like to welcome Whaea Emily and her whanau with a whakatau, the Clay whanau shared their expertise and connections and made it happen. It was a meaningful gathering where connections were reignited. Whaea Emily and Matua Willy were able to share memories. It was a special morning. Thanks to the Clay whanau, Jasper’s mihi was perfect and what an experience for our Room 1 learners to be involved.

Thanks Whaea Emily for the expertise in allowing our children to show their natural expression so easily. The art tells a special St Joseph story and will be on display at our school soon.


Thanks to my mate Tim for donating AND delivering the canvases…

Thanks to Resene and Kings Plant Barn for donating product, please acknowledge these companies when you next visit.