We were asked to bring an item to school that told a story about our family; an artefact that could be considered a treasure/taonga or heirloom. But hang on, I hear you say, what does that have to do with Matariki? Well, in the same way that Christmas/New Year might be a time to reflect and remember those who came before us, Matariki is a time to connect to our tūrangawaewae (place to stand) and our tūpuna (ancestors).
The artefacts and stories that were brought to school were fantastic, and sparked some wonderful conversations both at school and at home.
First we got in to small groups and shared our taonga and korero. We talked about what our objects were, who they connected us to and how they made us and our families feel. What a time for Positive Emotions!
After that, we took photos and spoke or wrote about someone else's artefact. We then shared these explanations on Seesaw. This was a great way to show that we had been listening to each other!