Celebrations and Festivals are an ongoing part of life, where we say "thanks" for what we have or the milestones that have been passed. Each country, group and family have different celebrations but the connecting threads in these are: fun, sense of thankfulness and appreciation, connection with the traditions of past (in family, group, country), moments of reflection and importance.
As part of our Celebrations and Festivals topic, the Middle Syndicate students have been rotating around Kereru, Kotuku and Kea classrooms each Thursday afternoon to learn about a new celebration.
The students have decorated Calavera (sugar skulls) which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) and the Catholic holy day All Souls day.
Students celebrated Guy Fawkes day by creating 'Fireworks in a Jar' and firework art.
Candle holders were made (yet to be decorated) to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu 'Festival of Lights'.
The students really enjoyed spending time in other classrooms with a mix of children from across the syndicate.
A big thank you to parents and grandparents who helped out in the classrooms!