Concert announcement and song list for terms 1 and 2

Kia Ora everyone

We are excited to announce that the date has been set for our Matariki concert - Thursday 4 July, from 10am to 2pm.
Each school will perform a set lasting approximately 20 minutes.
Song List The songs we will be performing at the concert (and therefore practising this term and next term) are:

Waiata mihimihiHoki MaiKua Rongo Mai KoeWairua TapuToia (Mai te waka nei)Tika Tonu (haka)E Te Ariki
Click the links to go to the page with the lyrics and videos / audio to practice at home.

Update from Matua Bryan - 18 February 2019

Today we were thrilled to see both new faces and familiar returning members to our kapa haka practice.
Over the last couple of practices we have been learning two waiata:
Waiata mihimihi
The purpose of the waiata is offer greetings and acknowledgments to all. Warm and welcoming. Is a slow but powerful waiata.Toia (mai te waka nei)
The purpose of this waiata is to bring the rōpu together and a signal of change for the better. There is a lot of energy in this waiata. We want our rōpu to really work on actions, singing and the haka. Everyone did a terrific job today.  I saw our senior leaders taking the younger ones under their wing and it was great to see the new learners already becoming confident with the songs and actions.  
Practicing at home will reinforce what we are doing in between practices. Use the resources on this blog to help.  Playing the audio and videos from the blog at home will build confidence and allow us to focus practice time on new learning.   Exciting news - Stonefi…

2019 Kapa Haka leaders show what they can do

This morning our kapa haka leaders, some seniors and our tutors gave an impromptu concert to try and encourage more of our learners to consider joining the group this year.
Check out Miss Martin showing how good she is!

In 2019, we'd like to have more members of our group as we have big plans for the year - more performances inside and outside school as well as enrichment activities (including a noho marae if we can get enough support).
You do not need to understand the language - kapa haka is about finding joy in performing with the benefit of keeping a traditional NZ art form alive.  We share stories through singing and actions and always have a good time. 
Anyone who has been thinking about joining kapa haka, now is the time! Come along on Monday 11 February, hub 6.
Feel free to share this post with anyone who you think might enjoy kapa haka.

Kapa haka practice day is changing from next week

Kia Ora to our kapa haka whānau
From next week (11 February), kapa haka will be on Monday mornings, not Wednesday.
We are making this change because of the availability of our tutor group.
We understand this may cause some upheaval and shuffling around for our busy families and we hope we still see you all on Monday.
If you do struggle to make some Mondays, keep an eye out on this blog, especially the 'waiata' tab where we post songs and videos for the tamariki to follow along from home.
As always, please get in touch if you'd like to chat with our tutors.
Ngā mihi The kapa haka committee.

Final message for 2018

It’s been an absolute pleasure to lead the Kapa Haka group this year. 
Thank you to all of our families who have committed to bringing your tamariki along early each Wednesday so that they can learn kapa haka, even though at times I imagine it can be difficult.   This year has taught me that those who stay connected do incredible things and I hope you saw this too.
Thank you also to the parents, caregivers and teachers who provide ideas, opportunities, expertise, sponsorship and support.  Parents who cleaned and folded uniforms, learned to stamp moko on the kids, and those who jumped in to learn the waiata along with their children.   You have been integral to the continuation of kapa haka and I look forward to everyone's involvement next year.
In our final practice yesterday, we reflected on the learners that are leaving and how much we value what they have provided to our group. All of our leavers are special to us, with a particular mention to our departing leaders Carmen Adie…

A thank you note from Mātua Bryan for Saturday's performance

Thank you to all of the learners, parents and teachers who braved the wild weather to perform on behalf of our Kapa Haka rōpū for Stonefields School.

We were able to get around half of the learners to the performance, which is great considering we know people have other commitments on weekends.
Why our presence was so important  We do not often get these types of opportunities to engage with our local community so it was great to take advantage of it. Our group was one of the most diverse out of the schools involved and for us to perform so well was awesome to hear.

One of my proudest moments of the day, and only Mātua Jipsy and I were able to experience this, was when the group was in the wharenui practicing our set of songs and the sound was incredible in the small space. So much so, that passers by (including seasoned kapa haka performers) were drawn in to watch the learners perform and were pleasantly surprised that it was Stonefields School.
Special thanks to our parents For thos…

IMPORTANT NOTE re: Saturday - please read as some instructions have changed

Hi Everyone

Just a few days to go now - we have made some changes to the timings for Saturday to make it easier to get our tamariki dressed and ready.  Please read the below and get in touch in need.
We are now meeting at school (hub 5/6) at 11am.
Any parents who can help get our tamariki ready (clothes, hair feathers, moko) would be appreciated.  Parents of our tamahine (daughters), it would help if they had a pony tail or bun to put the feathers into, where possible.Parents will be responsible for taking their children's clothes with themPlease bring back any poi to school as soon as you can so we have enough for Saturday.
We will then go to the event at 11.45am and meet in the Glen Innes community centre.
Other than that, everything is as per previously advised.
Song List
Want to do some last minute practice?  The waiata we are singing are: Wairua TapuKumea Mai RaKapoipoiaToiaTika Tonu (haka)Kua Rongo Mai KoeTiaho Mai Ra All of these songs except Tiaho Mai Ra are on our waiata page …