There was a real sense of excitement in the air yesterday morning as a large crowd of our mana whenua gathered for a dawn ceremony to unveil the pakohe stone. We were joined by some representatives of our local Ngati Kuia iwi, who helped guide us through the blessing of the stone in the traditional way. The ceremony was followed by breakfast and a celebratory concert performed by the students.
Most of you were there, so you you know, like me that it was one of those special occasions that will live long in the memory! The strength of community engagement that was on show and the collective pride we all felt in the way our tamariki performed was uplifting!
We have had a fantastic term of rich learning about our local history and building on to our knowledge of Te Reo and Tikanga Maori. To cap it off with an occasion that bought us all together like that and introduced us to a new group of friends was brilliant!
I would like to thank our teaching staff who have guided the students through the learning process so skillfully and empowered them to do so well!
Rachel Knowles has played a major role also, liaising with Ngati Kuia, organizing the ceremony and getting the history of our site together. 
And finally a huge congratulations and thank you to all of the children and their whanau for making yesterdays ceremony so special.

Nga mihi

Graham Avery