BestStart Remuera Road celebrates Diwali

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Here at BestStart Remuera Road, we believe in acknowledging and respecting the cultural diversity of each and every child in our centre. In the weeks coming up to The Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali, we provided lots of opportunities for nga tamariki to learn about the festival and the meaning and importance of this celebration.

 Tamariki created Happy Diwali cards, to give to their families on special occasions and created & painted clay Divas to decorate their rooms for Diwali celebrations, unique Rangoli (floor designs), and diverse pieces of artwork. Tamariki also listened to legendary stories about Diwali and explored how Diwali is celebrated in India and around the world. 

When the day arrived, tamariki and kaiako came in their cultural clothing, did dancing together, draw hennas on their hand, and enjoyed delicious Diwali kai together with beautiful beautiful whanau.

Te Whariki states that children and families feel a sense of belonging and feel comfortable with routines, customs, and rituals.  We foster ‘ako’ (teaching and learning) and ‘tuakana-teina’ (shared learning). While preparing for Diwali, we encouraged nga tamariki to ‘give new things a go’ and supported them in every possible way to gain confidence to achieve goals, learn, and grow to their full potential. We had a wonderful day with our children and whanau and are looking forward to our next celebration!