On Monday 29th February we were lucky enough to have a special visitor to our full school assembly! Keven Mealamu a famous New Zealander and past All Black came to talk to us.
Because we knew he was coming we found out about him before going to assembly. Also we were pleased to find out that our new student Ezekiel is Keven’s nephew. Ezekiel was able to tell us a lot about his uncle, how kind he was, things they did together and that he was his father’s brother.
So after looking at photos and talking about Keven we decided to write a desriptive story about him. We stapled the story onto the wall and put the photos around it.
At assembly we were sitting right behind Keven. So we had to be very sensible and quiet. We were pretty excited. Ezekiel was thrilled to see his Uncle Keven and called out a ‘hello’ to him. Everyone smiled….Keven talked to us about his life and his family. He shared with us about his time in the All Blacks. He entertained us and also informed us. We learned a lot of things. We also heard about his ‘passions’ that is things he really liked doing and that meant a lot to him. We found out that he has illustrated many children’s books to raise funds for child cancer. Mrs de Koning has ordered some of them from the Papatoetoe Library for us to read.
The next day (today) we talked about new things we learned about Keven and did some brainstorming with Mrs O’Grady. Then Mrs Bucheler worked with us on writing a thank you letter! Mrs O’Grady took some children into the other room to draw thank you pictures.It is great to learn about and meet special New Zealanders, especially those who come from South Auckland. Keven had even been married at the Holy Cross Church!!