Hare Krishna Dear Parents,
Hope to see many of you at the temple this Sunday 12th March for Gaura Purnima. Please visit our ISKCON website for festival details.
My Christchurch Trip
Last weekend my family and I were honoured to visit the New Christchurch Temple with the installation of their new Deities, Nitai Gaurachandra. We all had a very blissful weekend with lots of chanting, hearing from shastra, dancing and of course feasting!
Christchurch MP Nicky Wagner wrote an article about the temple on her website …
It was fantastic to attend the opening of the new Hare Krishna Centre and the installation of the Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra deities. The building of the new temple has taken six years from the time that the Christchurch earthquakes shattered the temple, and has been fraught with uncertainties and delays and has required a lot of hard work. It was great to see so many vaisnavas travelled to attend the event and celebrate the opening. As a young person, I vividly remember seeing devotees chanting and singing in the streets, and amazing and colourful event in a very conservative town.
The Hare Krishna movement has a long history in Christchurch with the first devotees arriving in 1972 and the first temple being opened in 1973. In 1983 they moved into Bealey Avenue, and in 1988 a farm was purchased at TaiTapu providing vegetables to the temple and restaurant which subsequently increased production to be able to provide low-cost meals to the community and people in need. In the early 2000’s the yoga centre, dinners and evening classes grew.
However, sadly, the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 damaged the temple so badly that the building could not be repaired. Deities were broken and in accordance with tradition were placed in the sea in May 2011. The community relocated to Ferrymead while difficulties with construction and insurance were handled, and it was with much pleasure to see the new temple opened and the new deities installed last weekend. Fortunately, a second pair of deities almost identical to the originals had been stored in Auckland and they fitted the original garments perfectly. It was wonderful to see the new deities, along with other precious artefact’s from the old temple re-installed in their new home.
The celebrations included dance, ceremonies, meditative mantra meditation, classes, videos and feasts.
Learning Focus – Math
Year 1 maths – what we are learning!
In Year 1 your child will learn about numbers, algebra (symbols), geometry (shapes), measurement and statistics. They will learn to count on their fingers and by using objects. They may start to count in their heads and begin to recognise number patterns like 3+2=5.
If your child has met the Mathematics Standard after one year at school they’ll be able to:
- solve maths problems up to 10, then up to 20
- count forwards and backwards up to 20, then up to 100.
- know the number before and after any given number
- explore patterns, shapes and measurement
- organize and share objects
- talk about position – eg “I am in front of the tree”, “I am behind you”.
- ask and answer questions – eg “How many chairs are in the classroom?
PS….I will send you a pdf document on how you can support your child’s learning in reading, writing and Math at home by an attached email.
Upcoming Outing… Week 9 -The Science Playroom
On March the 30th Jagannath Class will join with Krishna Balaram class to visit the Science Playroom in Henderson. I visited this playroom with my granddaughter, Murali a few weeks ago. Lots of fun and learning at the same time. After 3 hours she was still excited and involved and I had to be the mean grandmother and drag her home for a nap. So I think our children will have a wonderful and educational time. I will be sending information and permission slips home soon.