Elmgrove School pupils (from left) Kate Fahey (11), Emma Faithful (11), Kate Wylie (11) and Laura Crammond (10) show off their lanterns. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Pumpkin soup, story sharing, waiata and handmade lanterns
were just some of the ways Elmgrove School came together to
celebrate Puaka Matariki.
About 260 Elmgrove School pupils and their families, along
with some members of Mosgiel Kindergarten, gathered to
celebrate the annual event on June 25.
Elmgrove School principal Jenny McDonald said the school had
been unable to attend the Dunedin Puaka Matariki events, so
decided to have its own.
It was now part of the school's curriculum.
''We have been doing it for three years,'' she said.
People filtered in to the school hall and ate homemade
pumpkin soup and bread, which was followed by stories, waiata
and kapa haka.
The year 1 to 6 pupils had been preparing for the event for
weeks, making lanterns and practising for the waiata and kapa
The pumpkins used in the soup were grown in the school garden
and each classroom prepared some bread.
Mrs McDonald said every year the event ''brings the school
It was ''heartening'' to see the parents come and share the
event with their children, she said.
To conclude the evening, the pupils lit their handmade
lanterns and, with police escorts, walked around the block as
a group displaying their array of different coloured lights.
Mrs McDonald said the event was ''fabulous''.
''We were so lucky we had a lovely balmy night.''
- Bridget Rutherford