St Andrew’s College early morning ceremony

DAWN: The ceremony ended with each student symbolically throwing childhood behaviour in the form of a stone or shell into the Waimakariri River where it meets the ocean.

Year 10 St Andrew’s College students got out of bed at 5.30am last Thursday to head off to Kairaki Beach for the school’s annual Te Waka ceremony.

Students were led at sunrise by their teachers and fellow student Reuben O’Neill on the bagpipes as they began their journey towards adulthood.

The traditional Maori calling ceremony ended with each student symbolically throwing childhood behaviour in the form of a stone or shell into the Waimakariri River where it meets the ocean.

CALLING: The event is held annually for students to begin their journey to adulthood.

TE WAKA: Teachers lead students away from childhood.

BEACH: The ceremony was held on Kairaki Beach after 5.30am.

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