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He Whānau Manaaki Kindergarten Association Whanganui –
Le Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa
Celebrating Samoa Language Week at Gonville Kindergarten
Sunday 30th May - Friday 4th June 2021
Talofa lava ia outou uma,
This year we would like to invite all our Whanganui Kindergartens to join us in celebrating Le vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoan Language Week at Gonville Kindergarten.
As you will be aware it is Samoan Language Week from the 30th May – 5th June this year. We are celebrating this throughout the week at Gonville Kindergarten with the support of Samoan kaiako and community.
The week will open on Sunday 30 May at 5pm by Samoan Ministers at Gonville. Invites are going out to a wide section of our community (including Kindergarten families, Samoan elders and aiga, professionals within our community health, policing, education/ social services etc). Some of the team from Porirua will be joining us for this special event. We would love as many of our Whanganui kaiako and kindergarten whānau to be present.
From Monday through to Thursday from 10:00 am to 12:00pm we will will have a range of opportunities available for our kindergartens to experience. These will include lotu and pese (song), a variety of Samoan arts and crafts for all to participate in such as - pāle making (head-bands), kiki making (skirts) and screen printing. There will also be siva for children to be involved in, the retelling the well-known tale of ‘Sina and the Eel’, vavalu le popo demonstration and children participation with child-sized mata tuai.
Tuesday 1 June is Samoan Independence Day, which we will acknowledge with raising of the flag and singing the Samoan National Anthem.
On Friday 4 June we will end the week with siva ma pesepesega a Samoa (celebration of Samoan dancing and singing) and se taumafataga (a celebratory feast including an umu – traditional Samoan way of cooking food and other traditional foods). This will include many of the wider community and older school/ college children who will share their expertise as well as a performance by the tamaiti of Gonville Kindergarten. Our celebrations will be officially closed during this time.
We would love you all to join in the celebrations over the week! Could you please discuss as a team and let Moliga know the day/s you would like your kindergarten tamaiti to attend (with numbers of children also) by the end of this week. We will then be in touch to confirm the day/s with you. Would you also please indicate if you will be attending our Sunday opening.
As this is a Whanganui wide special celebration we would love your support with preparations. If you are keen to help with food prep, decorating the kindergarten and a few other jobs please let us know.
‘E so’o le fau i le fau’- ‘Strength is unity’
Fa’afetai tele lava,
We look forward to hearing from you all.
Lockett Gallery - an art gallery dedicated to showing the work of illustrators (and conveniently located right next door to Paige's Book Shop) - has a particular exhibition this month and through June that appeals directly to children. Kaz is sharing this information with you in case you would like to arrange an excursion for the children to go and see as well - they would be welcome! Just email Celia at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are wanting to bring your children around.
Lockett Gallery website - Jenny Cooper artwork
Facebook - Jenny Cooper
The Secret Keeper - An Exhibition
On 21 May, "The Secret Keeper", an exhibition, is opening at the Whanganui Community Arts Centre on Taupo Quay.
The subject matter of the exhibition is not trauma but the impact of it. Here is a letter from a Registered Clinical Psychologist based in Palmerston North who found that the exhibition was
"....deeply impactful for [her] clients....The secretive nature of abuse, and the shame that comes with it, is nearly universal. The exhibition invited conversation around that: and about that deep secret fear that bad things will happen because they have told."
The letter articulates very well why she feels that the exhibition is valuable, and why she encourages anyone who has some contact with or impact on victims of abuse to go and see it.
The exhibition runs until the 14th June.
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