‘Kuku Wahine’s’ surprise birthday celebration

2017-06-07 06:00
Granny Dot with Wembley College pupils Nick Corbishley (grandson), Amelia Yeadon (granddaughter) and Borden Barton (great-grandson).

Granny Dot with Wembley College pupils Nick Corbishley (grandson), Amelia Yeadon (granddaughter) and Borden Barton (great-grandson).

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Louise Yeadon

THE Wembley College boarders call Northfields Manor (their boarding establishment) “Ohana”. In the Disney film, Lilo & Stitch, Ohana’ means “family” and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten. This is our philosophy at Wembley College. The underlying foundation of our school is family and the importance of love.

In our Wembley family, we have a grandmother. The formal Hawaiian term for grandmother is Kuku Wahine, but the more common term is tutu. Our tutu is Dot Corbishley, who has been caring for our school for 20 years. 5 June is our Kuku Wahine’s birthday and pupils and staff decided to surprise our tutu, gogo, ouma, granny. The whole school secretly gathered in front of the library, waiting for Granny Dot to arrive. She was expecting to sort out a problem in the library. The problem turned into pupils singing and giving gifts of love.

Each pupil was part of signing a beautifully hand-made card - this is the school’s way of thanking Kuku Wahine – Granny Dot – for everything she does for our school.

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