So far 2014 has been a busy year. Only last week we were celebrating Chinese New Year and already Waitangi Day has rolled around and we are partying yet again. Life is good as an early childhood teacher!
This is my first effort celebrating Waitani Day, partly because the treaty of Waitangi is so controversial, and partly because Waitango Day is also my birthday and I tend to be thinking about that. This year I am much more on to it and we have pulled out an awesome celebration. We based our planning on a Maori Whakatouki (proverb)
“Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi”
“With your basket and my basket we will feed the tribe”
We used the literal translation of this proverb and asked our families to bring in small plates of food to share for morning tea. As you can see from the picture above our families responded with a generous spirit and we had enough food for morning tea, desert after lunch, afternoon tea and even a large plate of goodies to share with our co-teachers in the staff room. I was completely overwhelmed. One family even baked a special cake decorated with the ‘made in New Zealand’ logo.
With so much food, we ended up sending a slice of cake home with each family to enjoy for desert later that night.
I am really glad we made the effort to recognise the birth of our nation. Our families were excited and more then happy to contribute some yummy food. I feel lucky to have such a great group of people to work with every day (children, teachers and families).