It was again the Little Kiwis’ annual celebration of the Samoan Language Week, which was held during the last week of May 2013. Thank you for all the aiga (family), who supported us by coming to the events, providing ideas of activities, and dressing up your lovely children in Samoan clothing.
Children enjoyed singing songs, reading stories, counting numbers and learning simple greetings in Samoan. We also made lots of cultural arts and crafts, such as tapa printing and making pale (white head band). The performance held on Friday 31st May was a truly wonderful time for the children and their family. We had a lot of family members coming to support on the day, and the children performed their items with their best effort. Well done everyone!
“Children and their families experience an environment where connecting links with the family and the wider world are affirmed and extended” (Te Whāriki, Belonging, Goal 1). Through Samoan Language Week, children learnt and recognized the importance of respecting their own culture as well as other cultures. They also developed skills and knowledge in communication in Samoan language, explored new ideas in baking the fa’apapa, and discovered self-confidence when singing and performing in front of their family members. We seek to continue providing cultural learning experiences for all the children, so that they know they have a place in this community, and can be confident to claim their individual identity.