Kapa haka for Pah Home­stead

Central Leader - - MILESTONES - HUGH COLLINS

Ex­cite­ment is build­ing for a kapa haka group from Monte Ce­cilia Catholic School.

‘‘I like per­form­ing in front of peo­ple be­cause I feel a bit fa­mous,’’ year 6 pupil Arthur Solomon-Mua says.

Stu­dents from the Mt Roskill school will per­form as part of the Pah Home­stead Com­mu­nity Day on Septem­ber 24.

‘‘I like do­ing the lead­ing part with my friends,’’ fel­low pupil Etoale Fusitu’a says.

Monte Ce­cilia School year 5 and 6 teacher Ell­yse Dunn says kapa haka is a great way for the stu­dents to learn te reo Maori and tikanga in a hands-on and in­ter­ac­tive way.

‘‘It’s a chance for our stu­dents to re­ally shine in a dif­fer­ent area of school life and the stu­dents are al­ways en­gaged and en­joy­ing what they are do­ing.

‘‘More and more pri­mary schools are get­ting told to push aca­demics which is un­der­stand­able, how­ever I be­lieve this is a great way for stu­dents to be kids - to sing, dance, laugh and learn all in one go.’’

The pupils love to per­form to whanau and feel a sense of pride and mana when do­ing so, she says.

‘‘They en­joy be­ing the cen­tre of at­ten­tion and show­ing those who care about them how much they have learnt.

‘‘As a teacher’s point of view I think it’s a won­der­ful learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for them as they are al­ways buzzing af­ter­wards,’’ Dunn says.

This year is the fifth an­niver­sary of the Pah Home­stead’s Com­mu­nity Day.

The event is a chance to cel­e­brate the di­verse creative com­mu­nity through a va­ri­ety of fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties such as mu­si­cal per­for­mances, ex­hi­bi­tions and entertainment.

Ella Ku­mar from the Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board says the event is also a cel­e­bra­tion of the her­itage of the Pah Home­stead and its 140-year his­tory.

The Pah Home­stead Com­mu­nity Day 2016 runs this Saturday, Septem­ber 24 at 72 Hills­bor­ough Rd from 10am till 3pm.

The Pah Home­stead is a his­toric home lo­cated in the sub­urb of Hills­bor­ough in Auck­land and is owned by the Auck­land Coun­cil.

The build­ing and grounds are cur­rently used as an art gallery and events venue.

For a full pro­gramme go ts­b­bankwal­lacearts­cen­tre.org.nz. to

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