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Polyfest 2013

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Started by Karen Spencer 14 Mar 2013 2:08pm () Replies (3)

“The gifts of Papatuanuku are a koha to the people. Cherish and care for them.”

This wonderful video, from Massey High School, captures for all of us the amazing performances happening this week at Polyfest. According to the Polyfest website, there will be "9,000 students from 59 schools and 200 performing groups to showcase through speech, song, and dance, their cultural experience", all hosted by James Cook High School.

From a technology point of view, how easy is it to on-share the experience through social media so we all get the benefit? :-) From an educational point of view, this festival celebrates the culture, the pride and the passion of young people and their fanau from across New Zealand.

Follow the action on Twitter: #polyfest

Pasifika success and passion is front and centre in events such as Polyfest but can also be interwoven through our educations plans so that it is "characterised  by demanding, vibrant, dynamic, successful Pasifika learners, secure and confident in their identities, languages and cultures, navigating through all curriculum areas such as the arts, sciences, technology, social sciences and mathematics." Pasifika Education Plan 2013 - 2017 (Ministry of Education)

Soifua to all participants and performers!


  • Terry Hokianga (View all users posts) 14 Mar 2013 4:57pm ()

    It is an amazing experience working along side the community members that are bought into our school to assist and awhi our Polynesian and Maori performance groups. Simply hearing the korero  (the tutors language) and watching them transform octypuses into synchronised works of art just takes my breath away. But seeing the students rehearse in the playground. perfect a skill during math and just 'want' more means cultural performances are meaningful, have a purpose and engages children, and adults equally. To me, seeing a Sri Lankan, Samoan, American and an Australian student forcing their way to the front of the Haka group and not wanting to be replaced also indicates a healthy respect for what we in New Zealand have and are offering our students. Kia ora.

  • Tania (View all users posts) 15 Mar 2013 4:21pm ()

    Awesome Karen - thanks for sharing Cool  Sitting in a Kindergarten in the Far North - Doubtless Bay - and we have all just enjoyed Polyfest from afar!

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