School realises acts of caring
Wintec journalism student Tokoroa North School thoroughly embraced Maori language week as the students learnt about manaakitanga, the act of caring.
The values of manaakitia te tinana (caring for ourselves), manaakitia te whenua (caring for our environment), manaakitia tetahi ki tetahi ( caring for others), manaakitia te manuhiri ( caring for visitors) and manaakitia te reo Maori ( caring for our language), were the focus for each day of the week.
Wednesday saw students take part in Canaakitanga Day, where each child brought a can of food to school to donate to the Salvation Army Foodbank.
North School teacher Stephani Preston, said Canaakitanga Day taught children to give to those less fortunate.
Around 300 cans were collected and Salvation Army community ministries manager, Colin Bridle, was excited and thankful to pass them on.
‘‘ It’s important because these food parcels are the first step in helping to support the people who need help.’’
The week also included learning about Maori gods, playing traditional Maori games, cooking kai, and leaning te reo phrases.
CAN FOR GOOD: Tokoroa North School’s Myles Phayer, 6, shows manaakitanga by presenting Canaakitanga Day cans to the Salvation Army’s Colin Bridle.