The hall was buzzing last Wednesday night when our whānau gathered for the Matariki sharing of time and kai. Thanks to the Garden to Table students of Room 2 who have been making soups for the last couple of weeks and freezing them in preparation. The celery and some of the herbs in the other soups were harvested from our garden Afterwards we went into the library which had been decorated with sparkly stars and ‘Maui snares the sun’ artwork. Room 4 students performed two waiata, we learnt a little more about Matariki in NZ and Australia and finished with Estelle sharing ‘Daniels Matariki Feast by Rebecca Beyer and Lindley Wellington.
Archives for June 2019
On June 12th Cardinal McKeefry School celebrated the 1 year anniversary of Garden to Table with a blessing of our garden and kitchen led by Cardinal John Dew. Garden to Table (GTT) is a nationwide school based initiative that focuses on teaching children the joy and skills of growing vegetables and cooking a meal to share with others. Room 2 takes part in the Wednesday morning programme with the support of Estelle our Kitchen Specialist, John our Garden Specialist, and Bridget, who is the teacher in charge of Garden to Table. GTT is also supported by a group of parent volunteers. We were delighted to have all of those who supported the creation of our Garden to Table programme there to share in our celebration.
Symbols that represented the Garden to Table programme were matched with our Marist Charisms and were placed on the prayer table.
Cardinal John shared with the children his own family’s love of gardening in his homily and linked this to our Marist Charisms of Family Spirit and Presence. He spoke about the power of generosity that can come from sharing produce and a meal. He concluded by reminding us that these experiences are truly a gift from God.
School Swimming Sports
On Friday 10th May all our students went to Keith Spry Pool to participate in the swimming sports. This year we joined together with Makara and Clifton Tce Schools and there was lots of excitement and nervousness in the air about the races and events. Our students should be very proud of the way they swam and how supportive they were to each other. A big thanks to the parents who came along to support the tamariki and an even bigger thanks to the parents who took on a job like time keeping and helped the event to run smoothly.
The heat hit me like lightning as I walked out of the changing room in my swimming costume. The noise in the massive room was unbearable, my ears were ringing terribly. After what seemed like hours, I went off to my first race, 25-meter Backstroke…“Ready, set, THWACK” My arms swished around like windmills as the water lapped and rippled beneath me. Adrenaline coursed through my veins, as I pushed myself harder and harder and….I was at the end, AND I HAD WON!!!! “ By Eva
WZ Swimming Sports By Poppy
As we hopped off the bus, I felt a rush of excitement and nervousness at the same time. I was doing Green band for the first time! Green band is lengths in the big pool, red band is playing games in the learner pool, and yellow is a mix of both! We walked into the reception, and the first thing I noticed was how HOT is was! We went to the changing rooms to get into our togs. Once we were changed, I put my swimming bag away and sat with Elise, Eva and Charlotte. It seemed like hours later when Miss Thomsen called out ‘Year 6 girls freestyle, 25 meters!’ Once the starter blew the whistle, I jumped into the pool. SPLASH! Then, I heard a big bang, and the race started….
Kid’s Lit Quiz
A team of 4 students from Room 1, Cardinal McKeefry School, have been preparing to compete in the Wellington Heat of the Kid’s Lit Quiz. Since being chosen in March Lucas, Alisha, Dominic and Jamie have been Reading….. Reading …… Reading! Then came the Wednesday practices with Estelle in the library. Finally the day for the competition arrived on Tuesday 7th May. Unfortunately, on the day Jamie was unwell, so they would be competing as a team of 3. They excitedly entered the iCentre at Samuel Marsden School and joined the 52 other teams. Estelle discovered that there was a reserve for the Mount Cook Team and so Mananya was able to join our team. It was a win-win because she got to participate and we had a full team. Answering 10 rounds of 10 questions ranging from Topics such as Food, Hobbies, Hats, to Literary Knowledge they conferred and wrote an answer for every question. Their best round was ‘Gods and Goddesses’ with full marks. There was a sudden death with 14 other teams in that round also having 10 out of 10. Dominic was first up with his hand and answered the Quizmaster’s question correctly winning Whitcoulls vouchers for the whole team. The team were proud to score 78.5 and being placed 13th.
Congratulations to the CMcK Lit Quiz Team for representing our school so well. By Lucas & Dominic
On Wednesday Nell, Austin, Ava, Bella and Alex got to go to parliament to represent the school in a Garden to Table project. GTT have created a garden based on a WW2 garden. When we got there we saw two rectangles of dug up earth. Each school had an assigned area. Cardinal McKeefry School had to plant red cabbage, savoy cabbage, golden cabbage and celery.
We set to work planting. There were little popsicle sticks with the names of our veggies that we had to plant. Everyone claimed 2 popsicle sticks and dug small holes with their fingers.
With all the photographers and interviewers around us we were waiting for one of them to come over and ask us for an interview. Then a lady came up to Ava and Bella and said “Do you mind if I interview you?”
“Yeah sure!” The lady took Ava and Bella over and asked some interesting questions about GTT and why we think it’s good to have a garden in parliament.
After the planting every student gave out some poppies that R2 had helped Victoria make. Victoria disappeared for a while and then appeared with a platter of Anzac biscuits. Everyone wanted the biggest ones. They were delicious and we were surprised to find out they had grated carrot in them.
We think it was a successful day and we felt that we are now part of Parliament because we have left our mark and the gardens are open to the public. We hope that after the plant that people might be motivated to plant their own gardens. By Nell, Bella, Alex, Ava and Austin.
Poppy Seed Gifts– Handmade by R2
This week Victoria from GTT asked R2 if they would like to make poppies as part of the Dig for Victory garden celebrations at Parliament. What was amazing about the poppies is that they were all made from handmade paper. The students did a fantastic job of making the paper, cutting out the petals and assembling the poppies. The poppies were not only beautiful but the students had glued actual poppy seeds in the flowers which means that the whole flower can be planted in the garden and will actually break down and grow into poppy plants.