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.
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….
GTT COOKING COMPETITION
We had another student doing fantastic cooking again during the weekend. Nico made an awesome feijoa crumble based on last weeks recipe and from the pictures it looked like he was a confident cook who produced a wonderful dessert for his family. Tino Pai Nico.
The Garden Group
The sun was shining again this week and the gardens and the gardening team were very busy. We even had visitors from R4 who had been growing beans in the classroom. The seedlings have got so big that they need to be planted outside. It was great fun hearing the R2 gardeners sharing their knowledge as they explained how to a dig hole in the soil and plant the beans. Good job gardeners. The beans have been planted in the garden out the front of the school so please have a look next time you are in the playground.
Yesterday I planted my seed. It was good because I got to put it in the hole. We had to stay on the cardboard so we didn’t step on the plant and didn’t get mud all over our shoes. I liked planting my bean because it was ready to grow. Each day we watered them in R4 but now they are in front of the library and everyone can see them. I hope it will grow into a beanstalk and so tall that I could climb it. I love planting seeds in the garden and would like to do it again. By Jonty
The Kitchen Group
Today at Garden to Table we have made ANZAC biscuits with a difference. They are called SEE in the dark ANZAC biscuits. They have grated carrot. During WWII there were too many carrots in the UK so carrots were added to lots of cooking. Rosemary and Poppy seeds are symbols of remembrance and are also in our biscuits. In the kitchen Poppy and Ava were melting golden syrup, sugar and butter to make the sticky gooey syrup to add to the dry ingredient mix for the ANZAC cookies. Donny helped them and it smelled amazing!!! The colour of the melted ingredients looked like the sunset! Two other groups were mixing the dry ingredients that were flour, oats, cinnamon. Another group with Estelle was making biscuits that had a twist in it. Instead of using butter for the vegan cookies we used oil! We had apples for a side dish! It was a fantastic meal. By Ava & Bobby
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