Tuesday, 10 November 2015

A Special Start for Berkley

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


  1. Well done on your first Kizoa Mrs Hogg. What did you think of your experience and would you use it again?

    1. Thank you Brooke, another teacher saw me making it and was interested in how I found it too. After I finished, I sent her the link and this comment:

      "Here is a link to the Kizoa I made this morning. Once I figured out the website it was really easy to make. But, mine was really simple, so I don't know if something more personalised would be more difficult.

      The frustrating thing for me is that unless someone hovers their mouse over it, you don't see the 'unmute' button on the slideshow. This usually wouldn't be a problem (because often the music that comes with these things is pretty tacky), but it isn't good when you went to the trouble of adding special music like I did with this one."

      So yes Brooke, I will use it again.