This year has been challenging for the Immersion team as we responded to the challenges presented by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns (nationally and Auckland-wide).
We have seen these challenges as an opportunity to grow and develop Immersion courses; trying new formats for delivery and bringing together ākonga, some of whom have never experienced BLENNZ Immersion before.
The online ZoomPals Hui, planned and delivered by Kelly Doyle, Coordinator Kaupapa, was a huge success.
The course focus was on Māori traditional games for ākonga to enjoy learning in the Immersion environment and be able to participate/share in their class programme. Accessible, inclusive Kaupapa Māori activities included karakia, waiata, simple Te Reo, Poi, Rākau and storytelling, and provided an opportunity to re-connect with friends.