World famous Maori tattoo artist blesses Suffolk school

Headteacher Jane Stalham with Maori tattooist Te Rangitu Netana and pupils at Sproughton Primary Sch

Headteacher Jane Stalham with Maori tattooist Te Rangitu Netana and pupils at Sproughton Primary School Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

An internationally-acclaimed tribal tattooist was welcomed to a Suffolk school in a bid to embrace cultural diversity.

Headteacher Jane Stalham with Maori tattooist Te Rangitu Netana and pupils at Sproughton Primary Sch

Headteacher Jane Stalham with Maori tattooist Te Rangitu Netana and pupils at Sproughton Primary School Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Sproughton Primary School invited Maori tattooist Te Rangitu Netana to launch their new curriculum on culture as there is "no one better suited" to discuss its importance.

As part of the celebrations, Mr Netana gave the school a traditional Maori blessing, known as "Karakia" to invoke spiritual guidance and protection.

Inspired by the lessons learned on their Wednesday morning, children at the school now plan to carry out a Haka ceremonial dance as a celebration of the day and to give respect to Mr Netana.

Headteacher Jane Stalham said: "Culture can be a very complex word for children and the way in which Te Rangitu represents his culture, history and traditions is incredible.

Headteacher Jane Stalham with Maori tattooist Te Rangitu Netana and pupils at Sproughton Primary Sch

Headteacher Jane Stalham with Maori tattooist Te Rangitu Netana and pupils at Sproughton Primary School Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond


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"It was a truly emotional day that left children and parents filled with emotion and respect."

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