“Our Kapa Haka group first took part in the Canterbury Primary Schools’ Cultural Festival in 2012. The group was made up of Year 3 to Year 8 students and involved 123 students (half the school at the time!). It was such a big event for us and was exciting to see the stage fill with more and more students until there was no more room on the stage! Those children who weren’t in the Kapa Haka group went along to support their peers and ripped the roof off the venue with their thunderous support!
As the school has grown, so has our Kapa Haka group which now has been separated into our Senior Kapa Haka Group (tutored by Matua Maaka) and our Junior Kapa Haka students who are learning with great enthusiasm. The junior group looks up to our senior group and eagerly awaits ‘Year 4’ when they can join their role models and mentors in public performances.
The Friends of West Melton School have fundraised for materials to make and maintain our Kapa Haka costumes. We performed at the Cultural Festival on alternate years (to allow other schools to take part) and our senior students take part in the Wearable Arts section annually.
He moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka ~ We are on the waves of learning in our waka
West Melton School Choir
This year, 2016, we have the Year 5-8 Christchurch School Music Festival choir. This opportunity to take part in a choir supports the school curriculum delivery in The Arts and is an important way of extending learning beyond the core curriculum and the classroom environment.
The Year 5-8 choir will be taking part in the Christchurch Primary School Music Festival, early in Term 4 at the Horncastle Arena. The students started regular singing sessions at the start of Term 2, in preparation for this exciting event.
Ms McKendry and Mrs Thomson are co-ordinating and tutoring the choir.