Afterwards we remembered the birds we represented at Sundaise, workshopped the Water Journey and began working with the clay. Koro Mike even shouted us hot chips at lunch and let us eat his 'Sprite' lemonades.
It was a beautiful day, and when we returned to school Mr B asked everybody to reflect on our Waikino Values and the birds that hold each of these values. We wrote about the bird that means the most to us and why the value it holds is so important for us. Here are two examples by Liam and Kate of this beautiful quality writing:
Kotare is the bird that shrieks to me the most. Every time it shrieks I copy it. "Keek, Keek Keek!" And when I copy it shrieks again. It's shiny blue feathers remind me of the water and the sky and how they are connected. The white reminds me of the clouds, when the kingfisher flies off, it's rising like evaporation, and when it lands it reminds me of the rains falling. When there’s lots of Kotare, it means something good is coming, and when there none, it means nothing exciting is going to happen. It’s black beak reminds me of the seed of encouragement that it carries. When you encourage people to do something it will encourage them for life. Kotare is encouraging the school to teach the world about the importance of the water molecule. Long live Kotare!
by Liam Sorely (Year 6)
At Waikino School we have values we call seeds. Each value or seed is held by a NZ bird a seed carrier. My favourite bird is Tui because it has a lovely sound. It’s value is kindness (caring). When my Grandad had cancer before he died, I told him about cross country and how my shoes got so muddy and how when we were getting shown the trail, I slipped, but didn’t cry. It didn’t hurt. He couldn’t talk much because he had cancer, but if he could talk he would have said a lot of nice, kind lovely things. His name was Alan Pooley. I miss him so, so, much. If I had one wish, I would wish him back alive again. When I hear Tui’s song it reminds me of Grandad, and I ask Tui to sing the same song she sings to me, back to him.
by Kate Pooley (Year 4)