Tuesday, 23 October 2018

HAKA BOOGIE


Kia ora Koutou!

Stoke COL Haka Boogie 2018

Nayland College Hall - Tuesday 30th October meeting at 5pm, starting at 5:30.

All schools will be met by their hosts in the hall foyer from 5pm and shown to their allocated classroom to get changed. Your belongings will be safe to be left in the classroom. The evening is usually over by 7.30pm. This year there are likely to be signs to help guide us in.

Girls will come to Nayland College dressed in their kapa dresses. Boys will wear their black school shorts, and a plain black t-shirt if they wish.

Please indicate on the slip below whether your child is able to attend. If you are dropping off student(s) but not staying, please ensure they are “handed over” to a Birchwood teacher. Students being collected at the end will wait in the hall foyer.

Parent helpers- please let me know if you are available to help us on Tuesday.

Whānau- Please bring a plate for shared kai.
Little and easy finger food is ideal. Please label any plates or containers you want back with your name and Birchwood. Kai will be put on the trestle tables in the walkway outside (left of school office).

If you have any questions or comments, please do let me know.

Ka kite

Damian Hardman

PS You can request a paper version of this form via your child's teacher or Damian, or complete the google form by clicking here.



My child ___________________________ of room ______ is able to perform at Haka Boogie 2018.

(   ) I can help on the night (crowd control, calming nerves, pinning dresses, helping fold clothes, etc).

Parent / caregiver name:                                      Contact number:

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Te Rakau Whakapapa Isel Market Opening


Isel Park – Thursday 18 October. Meet at 4.30 pm, perform 5.00- 5.30 pm.

Birchwood’s kapa haka group have had a busy time with performances lately! We have been asked to open the Isel Park market this Thursday evening, which is quite an honour for us.

Te Rakau Whakapapa will meet at Isel house at 4.30 pm. We perform from 5- 5.30 pm. I hope we can get lots of parents, whānau, and other people from our school community to support our students and Birchwood school. There will be Birchwood teachers ‘backstage’ to help out, but as always, support from our parents is greatly appreciated!

Our kōtiro will please wear kapa dresses to, and home from, Isel park. Dresses can be returned the following day. Boys are to wear plain black (school) shorts, and a plain black t-shirt if they wish.

When you arrive:
·       Find a tipare (head band) and tapeka (sash).
·       Shoes, sweaters, etc are folded neatly on your shoes.
·       Girls: find somebody to check whether your dress needs pinning.

Students need to be delivered to, and collected from Isel park. We cannot let students get home by themselves.

A huge plea to send me any film or photos you take for our blog. We don’t get to see ourselves perform! Please indicate on the slip below whether your child is able to attend.

If you have any questions or comments, please do let me know.

Ka kite,

Damian Hardman


(You could either email me the information below, or click here to complete a googledoc).

My child ___________________________ of room ______ is able to perform at Isel Market Opening 2018. I take responsibility for getting my child safely to and home from Isel Park (you could also email this permission through).

(   ) I can help on the night.

Parent / caregiver name:                                                       
Contact number:


Sunday, 23 September 2018

Te Huinga Whetū- Final Notice

Kia ora Koutou,

I hope this is the final notice!

TE HUINGA WHETŪ (2)


24 Mahuru / September 2018


Kia ora Koutou!


Te Tauihu o te Waka ā Māui Culture Council are holding Te Huinga Whetū- a Kapa Haka festival- on Thursday 27 September, from 9am. This is held at the Trafalgar Centre, and is a festival for Ngahau (support) and Whakataetae (competitive) groups- many Nelson schools will be in attendance.


Te Rakau Whakapapa are performing as a Ngauhau group at 11.15 am and will have 10 minutes to share 3 waiata (Ko Toku Marae, Utaina, and Te Rakau Whakapapa Haka).


Information for participants:
            8.00 am         Arrive at Birchwood, meet in Manukau hub
8.15 am         Leave Birchwood (leaving early, traffic)
9.00 am         Whakatau and karakia
9.15 am         First performance
11.15 am       Te Rakau Whakapapa perform
2.00 pm         (approx.) Birchwood leave to return to Birchwood


What to bring:
·      School bag with snacks, lunch, water bottle.
·      School uniform polar fleece, sweater, t-shirt.
·      Shoes and socks.
·      (Optional) Bring money- kai stalls will be available.


Other information:
  • No need for transport- we have organized a bus! Thank you SO MUCH to those parents who offered to drive us!
  • Parent helpers: thank you SO MUCH to those parents who have offered to support us at Te Huinga Whetū. I have sent a separate email to you which I hope explains everything. If not, please be in touch! (We DO NEED you, parent helpers!)
  • All parents and whānau are welcome to come along to the event. Please check times so you don’t miss us. It’s an all-day thing so you’re welcome to come early and stay late.
  • Parents and other audience- we will nominate a ‘media crew’. Te Tauihu ō te Waka ā Maui Culture Council ask us to ‘control’ social media. Any photos or video we take can be shared through the Culture Council for facebook etc. It would be amazing to have photos and video of our tamariki for Birchwood School use.
  • There is limited space for getting changed, so students will wear kapa haka uniform to the event. We can remove shoes, socks, etc and store these while performing.
  • Visiting the kai stalls: optional, students may not buy kai without asking me first, and must be accompanied by a buddy or parent helper.


Girls: You will organise your dress on Wednesday at school. You will need to wear this to school on Thursday, along with school uniform polar fleece or sweater, shoes and socks. Headbands will be provided on Thursday.


Boys: You will wear school uniform shorts (plain black), and you may choose to perform in a plain black t-shirt (strictly no print). Otherwise you will wear a school uniform t-shirt, school uniform polar fleece or sweater, shoes and socks. We will bring headbands and sashes with us on Thursday.


Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.


Ka kite,

Damian Hardman


You can download and print your own copy of this notice.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Te Huinga Whetū

Kia ora Koutou!

Te Huinga Whetū is next week. We're still waiting on some notices to be returned so we know who is coming... PLEASE HAVE THESE TO ME ASAP!

Waiata we're preparing for are:
  • Ko Toku Marae
  • Utaina
  • Kapo a Pango

And maybe...
  • Poi E
  • Ka Pioioi

ALL performance group tamariki need to practise these for homework as well as attend all extra practise at school.

Te Huinga Whetū is held at the Trafalgar Centre, a detail omitted from the notice that went home. Aue, kei hea taku hinengaro?

We want to leave Birchwood by 8.30 am so we can make the Whakatau. 
Te Rakau Whakapapa perform at 11.15 am.
We intend to stay for 'the whole day' to experience a kapa haka extravaganza and support other groups.

Please email me or leave a comment if you have any questions.


Damian Hardman
damian.hardman@birchwood.school.nz

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Te Huinga Whetū- notice


Kia ora Koutou!

Te Tauihu o te Waka a Māui Culture Council are holding a kapa haka festival on Thursday 27 September, from 9am to 2.30pm. This is a festival for Ngahau (support) and Whakataetae (competitive) groups- many Nelson schools will be in attendance.

Te Rakau Whakapapa are performing as a Ngauhau group and will have 10 minutes to share 3 waiata.

Your child has expressed an interest in performing at this event. Please fill in and return the permission slip, transport offer and parent help by Monday 17 September.

Expectations for interested performers:
·      Open to ALL interested and willing kapa kids- no age limit.
·      Commit to attending extra Wednesday lunchtime practises.
·      Practise waiata at home- using the Kapa Haka blog is good start.
·      Display positive behaviour at kapa practise, and in class.

Information for participants:
8.15 am         Leave Birchwood
8.30 am         Doors open
9.00 am         Whakatau and karakia
9.15 am         First performance
Performance schedule is not yet available- I will share that when it is.
Bring money- kai stalls will be available.

I will share more information as it becomes available. Please note this notice is also available on Birchwood’s Kapa Haka blog. In fact, keep checking the Kapa blog- there are more performances coming up and information will be posted there.

Ka kite,
Damian Hardman



Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Citizenship Ceremony


Today, a small group of Te Rakau Whakapapa students went to the Nelson City Council Chambers to be part of the Nelson/ Whakatū Citizenship Ceremony. It was a really special time for several reasons:

1. Matua Rangi Kohe was there as kaumatua, and he recognised us! He was our kaikōreo at our mihi whakatau in term 1. He remembered my name and our school, gave me a hongi, and mentioned Birchwood School in his mihimihi.

2. They gave us morning tea. Mason tried to eat all of the scones (5).

3. We got to wear the Mayoral Chains.

4. Lots of people told us were were awesome. Several of the City Council staff told me that our group was one of the best they'd seen.

5. One of the tauiwi (an Englishman) spoke to the audience. He told us that his matua and whaea had traveled Aotearoa from England 16 years ago, and bought him back an All Blacks shirt. He had the shirt with him, and told us all about how much he loves New Zealand and how pleased he is to be a citizen. Honestly, hearing this fella made my day. It's so easy to forget what we have or take it for granted. We live in an amazing place and listening to manuhiri can remind us how darned lucky and privileged we are.

6. We don't have to agree on policies and politics, but our Mayor Rachel Reese is lovely. She made us feel welcome, and let our tamariki wear the mayoral chains because of a rule that says people under 18 are allowed to wear them. I'm sure she made that up, but how nice of her! She even took photos with some of our group.

As always, our Birchwood students carried themselves with mana. Their behaviour and waiata were exemplary. I really am privileged to be part of their learning and lives. 

Thank you so much to the parents who were able to transport us: Shane, Gina, Lauren, Jessica. Without your support we cannot do the things we do. Ka mau te wehi parents, you are amazing.

Also, an acknowledgement for the students who put their hands up to participate but weren't selected to be part of today's group, or those who opted to represent Birchwood School at the hockey tournament (which was postponed :/): Lydia, Mia, Chali, Charlie and Luca. 

And here I formally thank those who represented our kura at today's citizenship ceremony: Abby, Amelia, Ava, Evelyn, Gabby, Hannah, Georgia, Maya, Saskia, Cade, Mason, Leon and Joel.

Performers' parents: copies of photos are in a folder in your child's google-doc account.

Ngā mihi nui,

One very proud Damian Hardman
damian.hardman@birchwood.school.nz