What a wonderful trip to the marae we have had! The children tried their very best to follow the customs on the marae and did an excellent job. Top marks! How exciting to spend the day with Room 9 (and play relay racing in the dark) How strange to sleep in a beautiful room with 60 other people (only a little snoring!)
The mums and dads worked very hard to create lovely meals. Many thanks to Brendan, Chris, Kelly, Debs, Rachel, Erin, Michael, Bob...ooh have i forgotten anyone? I hope not, forgive me if i have and accept our huge thanks for a job well done.
6sess had the chance to present their storytelling at last. They did an excellent job and their audience was so impressed with the way they had made up the stories themselves, used their whole bodies to describe the details and spoke with clear confident voices. Ka pai.
It took a while to fit all the mattresses into the wharenui but soon we were all comfortably organised. We all slept surprisingly well and were so organised this morning we had an hour to spare to prepare for the powhiri. Once we had settled the classes from the main block we headed off to the Gorge to walk the Loop Track. What amazing views from the top and the big slip looks quite different from the top..a series of giant terraces like steps. Our legs got very tired but after a lofty lunch at the top of the big slip we were soon whizzing downhill back to the buses.
We will sleep well tonight...hopefully there won't be a fire alarm going off at 2 am this time!