Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Matariki Rotations

Otawhito have been learning about Matariki through the Arts. Each student has done an amazing job of constructing their own myth in an exciting and unique way. All the Otawhito teachers are so proud of the hard effort and learning that each student gave with their myths and presentations to the learning centre.
Below are some links to a couple of videos and stop motions:

Hugo, Meihanna and Logan- https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B88uSK-jE42DYjV3NVp4U0VjdWc/view?usp=sharing
Brooke B, Emily B and Amy D - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B88uSK-jE42DTTJaczBQQldmeDg/view?usp=sharing
Annalise, Ming Hui, Arianna and Kate W - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B88uSK-jE42DektFQVo5NWxIMFU/view?usp=sharing

Over Term 2 in Otawhito we have been learning about Matariki. We have learnt about it through dance, drama and art. Each Matariki rotation has a different myth/legend, therefore each rotation had a different challenge. Drama’s myth was certainly different than all the others, which was exciting. There were seven brothers and they were madly in love with themselves but the eighth younger brother didn't think much of his appearance, he was the sensible one. One day the wise man of the village sent them to collect food up high in the mountains and they found magical fairy women. They fell in love with the fairy women but the younger brother tried to warn them. One night the younger brother went to spy on the fairy women and heard their plan to starve the brothers to death. The fairy women were captured and sent to the sky father who released them into the sky. Every year the sky father lets them appear to celebrate Matariki (maori new year) at the end of May and start of June.

At the end of all of the rotations we got the opportunity to create our own myth or legend which was based around one of the myths we had learnt about. We were able to present it however we liked such as a stop motion, play, booklet, story etc.  It was such a fun learning experience and everyone did a great job.

By Brooke B T31

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