Friday, June 07, 2013

How's your hongi?

We had the Young Leaders from Hillview Christian College in Christchurch visiting with us today - this means that the teachers had a break from classes while the young leaders took over the day with games and activities. I was the official photographer for the of the perks of my job is that I get to see what the boys are up to :)
Mr Goulet was the official welcomer from our school, and had to stand up and give the opening address in Maori.  Caleb and Aaron are both on the student leadership council so got to sit up front and participate in the "Hongi" - the Maori greeting of touching noses.  Awfully embarrassing no matter what age you are, but both squads pulled it off without giggling (although Aaron confessed to accidentally head-butting someone).  
Then all students broke into year groups and went off to different places with the Young Leaders - here Aaron is in a basketball group...
...and Caleb sat idly by while the art group produced some interesting blow-paint and potato-stamp pieces.  Caleb had been strictly forbidden from playing with paint, apart from that his right hand is not much good for holding a brush as there is so much cast between his thumb and forefinger. 
He participated where he could though - 'everybody in' tag and touch rugby were great for him.
After pizza lunch for the leaders and staff, we had a closing assembly and wrap-up.  A great day and well-organized by Hillview. 

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