Looking back at my posts I guess you might be forgiven for thinking that all we are doing here is relaxing and having fun! “It’s all just one long holiday!” I hear you say. Well, it does seem like that but we have punctuated our leisure time with quite a lot of hard work! I have just taken on the challenge of being our school’s “Teacher IT Coach” (Yes, Sue, I know I said I would learn to say “no”, but the habits of a lifetime are hard to break!) So, the pressure is on to live up to the title and make sure that I sound like I know what I am talking about! Good job I thrive on challenges!!??
Talking of challenges, Lachlan had a great time at the Rotorua Moon Ride; he managed 7 circuits and averaged 25 minutes per lap which was apparently pretty good. He definitely impressed some of the more experienced riders in the MTB club. He came back absolutely exhausted but very happy and pleased with himself.
I had a great time on a fishing trip to the Coromandel with my former colleagues at Hillcrest High – another successful session with our full quota of 9 fish each – all Snapper – delicious! I had been rather apprehensive the week leading up to it as there had been a severe weather warning for the Coromandel. Visions of being uncomfortably nauseous both on the bus and the boat troubled my sleep, but luckily the day dawned calm if a little misty. The ocean was like a mill pond, thankfully, and the misty day turned into a beautiful evening.
I have also started playing hockey again – mad, I know, but training for the Duathlon has given me a bit of fitness and confidence to have a go. My shoulder is still a bit dodgy but I am taking things steadily (really!) and just playing it by ear. Lachlan and I have also joined the local squash club – after a 20 year absence from playing it has been good to get back into it! Just like hockey though – I know what I want to do but the body can’t quite get there! In my mind I am still that fit 20-something who can outrun anyone – well a girl has to have a dream!
The first week of Term 2 I was lucky enough to spend 3 days at the Turangawaewae Marae with my Year 11 Form. Home of the Tainui and the Maori King. The former Maori Queen was once a “Dio Girl” so the school has a strong link with the Tainui. It was an amazing experience and a very special one, we spent a day doing cultural activities to find out more about the Maori culture – flax weaving, Poi-poi, rakau sticks, history of the Marae, and exploring the symbols used in the artwork and carvings. It was fascinating and the girls all surprsied themselves by really enjoying it. The Marae can sleep about 500 people in large, communal sleeping areas, and they are experts at feeding large numbers too!
That week was the final week of the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the King Movement so the place was very busy! On the Saturday I took the boys and Nigel back to Ngaruawahia to see the Waka salute to the Maori King. That was a very moving experience – the sound of the Haka as the waka come down the river is impressive. You can well imagine the feeling of fear that the war cries would have caused when the Haka was performed in anger! I feel very priveleged to have been able to spend time at the marae, meet some of the people who live there and find out just a little about the culture. We were even more priveleged to be allowed to climb up Taupiri – a very sacred Maori burial ground. Joseph, one of the teachers at Dio, who’s family live on the pa, told us the story of how it became a tapu area. I am always fascinated by legends and tales of how places get their names and the history surrounding them.
Well, back to work – Year 9 and 10 reports are due in a week’s time so I guess I should do something about it!