On Sunday 9 September we welcomed our fellow Anglican schools, Hukarere College and Te Aute College, to our annual joint celebration of activities and worship together. This event helps us to develop our three tikanga fellowship and to share and honour our distinctive cultures. Te Aute and Hukarere are the only two remaining Anglican Māori schools today and we are deeply privileged to have both schools thriving in our locality.
The day was student-led with fun activities, including a team balloon game on the field and an energetic game of charades.
The day culminated in a very moving Chapel service where some beautiful waiatas were sung and our Kapa Haka leader, Katarina Porima, delivered an inspirational reflection to the students, staff and families present.
We look forward to joining in further activities to strengthen our growing friendships.
Some student reflections from the day:
“It was great and a fun way to meet friends not just from different age groups but also from different schools.”
Noreen Mnyanyi, Year 10
“A fun day for meeting new and different people who have similar beliefs to us.”
Jaimee Whittaker, Year 7
“A fun time interacting, with different people and all of our Woodford House girls getting out of their comfort zone. Also, it was fun playing games.”
Isabelle Lyons, Year 13
“Great day filled with lots of fun ice breaking interactive games, wish it could’ve been longer, followed with a wonderful Chapel service and food. Overall, it was an amazing day interacting with other students.”
Imojien De Brett, Year 13
Reverend Dr Deborah Wilson, Chaplain