What an adventure we were up to ,clearly reflected in the children's expressions of wonderment and awe in anticipation of the morning ahead .
We were off the see the High School Production of " The Snowman " but on our way we needed to stop and have a " fluffy" at our local cafe ( all part of the cultural experience) .
We chatted before we left about what Manaakitanga might look and sound like at the cafe and then at the show " It would mean we need to be really quiet " suggested one child. " We need to really listen and stay in our seats" suggested another experienced theatre goer .
And sure enough in both experiences our children were absolute experts at modelling respect .
Keep it up , kia kaha ki tāu mahi ,this is great he rawe tēnā!,
At the show they were all mesmerised by the characters and the singing and dancing and afterwards we got to meet our favourite characters . We also had our morning tea at the high school waiting for the students to come back out in uniform so that it supported our understanding of what is real and what was just pretend .
What a wonderful experience to share with our friends .