One of the special events which mark a turning point in any school is the employment of a new principal to lead the school. Last week, Berkley was excited to welcome our new leader, Mr Nathan Leith, into the Berkley family. It was a special day, which all involved felt honoured to be a part of.
To welcome him, we held a Pōwhiri, which is a traditional and formal welcome from New Zealand's Māori culture. This is a ceremony where the tangata whenua (home people) welcome the manuhiri (guests). In a nutshell, it is where the Mr Leith's old school handed him over to Berkley. A pōwhiri is a time of sadness and happiness. If you would like to learn more about how a pōwhiri progresses, it is set out simply on this website.
Here are some glimpses of our day (remember to unmute the movie):
We are delighted to welcome you Mr Leith