New House - Kahukura

Our school house Tamatea has been renamed as 'Kahukura'. The Port Hills of Christchurch have many names they go by in Te Reo Māori, and initially we shortened Ngā Kohatu Whakarekareka o Tamatea Pōkai Whenua' to Tamatea, however upon advise from our local Runanga - Ngai Tuahuriri we've decided to change that name. The reason for this is that Tamatea is what you'd call the Port Hills from the Lyttelton side of the hills, where as from Somerfield School's side they should be named Ngā tihi o Kahukura, - The many peaks of Kahukura. A literal translation of Kahukura is red garment and the rainbow is the celestial embodiment of Kahukura in our skies. The new logo reflects the main peak visible from Somerfield and is also the location where our Year 2 students begin their walk during term 3's Local Area Māori unit of work.

If your child was in Tamatea and you'd already purchased a Tamatea house T-shirt, you can swap your T-shirt for a new one in the school office. The new house will officially be used from Term 4 onward.