Monday, 18 July 2011

Matariki celebrations at Warrington School [with photo of stilt-walkers]

by June Anderson

The evening was crisp and clear as the families of Warrington School
began their traditional Matariki celebrations. Drumming, whistling and
singing drew people from their homes to join the parade as it
converged from the four corners of Warrington. Guided by the dim,
silent lanterns and lofty stilt walkers, the parade made its way into
the school grounds. Lighted lanterns formed a perimeter around the
tennis courts as families and community folk watched performances by
the students. Classes sang their favourite songs heartily, the school
drumming group beat in unison, and Room 1 performed rhythmical
routines with their rakau. The evening finished with the sharing of
supper as the students enjoyed playing tag in the dark.


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