Welcome Back to Wharekai 2021.
Let’s give a huge Yendarra welcome back to our amazing volunteers Mrs Powell and Mrs Mercer. We hope you both had a safe and wonderful summer holiday. Today, we had the pleasure of having Mrs Powell and Mrs Mercer teach the Year 5 and 6 students the importance of having safe knife skills and how to be safe in the Wharekai this year.
Students learnt how to hold and use a chef’s knife safely and correctly. They demonstrated two types of knife skills first, ‘cross-chop’ then, ‘tap-chop.’ Tamariki understand that if you practice your knife skills you will get faster at cutting food more efficiently and safely.
Matthew (Room 13) receiving the chef’s knife from Mrs Mercer. Do you notice how Mrs Mercer is holding the knife? That’s right! She’s holding it from the blunt side when passing the knife safely to Matthew.
Imelda and DJ (Room 16) using their cross-chop technique to chop up otaota (rosemary). Meitaki Imelda. DJ remember to open your hand and keep your fingers straight!
Milly (Room 14) slicing otaota (rosemary) by using her ‘cross-chop’ technique. Notice how Milly has created a cross with her chef’s knife and her left hand over the top. Ka pai!
Riche and Maranatha (Room 16) chopping apples and silverbeet by using their ‘tap-chop’ technique. Remember to tuck your fingers in when slicing a piece of fruit or vegetable. ‘Tap-chop’ requires more focus and concentration.
Leighton (Room 14). Today was Leighton’s first time to chop rosemary, apple and taro leaves. KA RAWE!
Once again, nga mihi, fa’afetai lava and malo aupito Mrs Powell and Mrs Mercer for a marvellous knife skills safety lesson today. We promise to use them safely everytime we visit Wharekai. The Year 5 and 6 Senior Whanau are so… excited! We can’t wait to cook in the Wharekai and harvest in the Mara (garden) next week Thursday.