Matariki Tapuapua Festival 2021, 7th June
This year we held our first Matariki Festival, named ‘Matariki Tapuapua’. This was an incredible event where all students played some part in it’s creation. It was important that the event showcased the talents of the students as well as celebrating this special time of the year alongside our community. We successfully sold all the hangi meals the students help prepare and put down, under the guidance of Matua Johni Rutene and Whaea Debi. Student were able to gain NCEA credits as part of this activity. Business studies students held stalls related to their assessments and Drama students worked with Mr Holder to provide pop-up style performances that told stories of Matariki. Our talented Kapa Haka group and school band performed to the large audience in the hall to a pleased crowd. Our Year 7 and 8 students created three large stitch pictures that depicted scenes of Aotearoa with Matariki stars and created poetry that adorned the hall. Year 9 and 10 students created incredible manu aute (Kites) with Art Teacher Ms Small. The kites hang down adding to the magical atmosphere of the festival. Students also worked in their service classes to write stories and create Matariki lanterns to guide visitors up the path to the hall. The food was delicious and we enjoyed having our St Patrick’s brothers and sisters join us.
O’Shea Sheild 2021, 15-16th May
This weekend Chanel College and Bishop Viard College co-hosted the prestigious O’Shea Shield Competition in Porirua. Our students travelled to Wellington where they competed over 2 days in the many events O’Shea offers. Junior and Senior prepared speech, Scripture Reading, Scripture Reading in Te Reo, Religious questions, Debating, and Drama were events where our students went up against 17 other schools. Students were given marks out of 6 by a panel of judges.
We were very proud of all our students who gained some excellent marks for their efforts and Sunia for winning his division with his impassioned speech focused on the divisions caused by politics. Being part of O’Shea is something our students should be proud of and has been a rite of passage for many students who have gone before them (including many parents!). Thank you to all those teachers who supported and tutored our students in preparation for O’Shea.
Cross Country 2021, 7th May
On Friday the 7th of May the Chanel College school Cross Country was held, however, this was to be no ordinary Cross Country! With the overwhelming drop in enthusiasm and attendance at cross countries across the country, Chanel decided to make this day something to remember.
The course was set, it involved numerous fun obstacles to challenge the students and also to create a splash. Students had to climb over things, under things, wade through a creek, navigate a tyre run and finish with a glorious slip in slide. After completion there was a sausage sizzle for all, music and an impressive array of spot prizes. A big thanks must go to the Police Pathway class for organising the event.