The 2015 festival theme of “enlightenment through education” this year further underlines the very real knowledge transferences and the authentic learning and education that occurs within all the work that celebrates our cultures and exposes excellence in the traditional performing arts for our students, parents and whanau.
In 2015 we entered five groups: Kapa Haka, Tongan, Samoan, Filipino & Sri Lankan. The students committed hours of their time and energy to practices over the first 8 weeks of term.
Our two Cultural Leaders on the Student Executive, Margo Garcia and Jennifer Graydon were outstanding in their coordination of all groups and in their organisation of Fia Fia Night.
We were delighted that the efforts of all involved were additionally rewarded by the judge’s feedback with our groups placing:
First in Haka
Second in Choral
Rewa Kendall: Third for Best Female Leader Overall
2nd Overall in Competition
3rd for entrance
3rd for exit
1st for Pulitasi (Uniform)
2nd for Ma ulu ulu
2nd for Sasa3rd for Pese
3rd for Taualuga
Yvonne Lesoa 3rd for Taupou role
Theresa 1st for Fuataimi (include photos)
First prize cup for Otuhaka
Our Tongan group were also outstanding with their two performances and beautiful costumes!
Our Sri Lankan group was invited by the Polyfest organisers to perform for a second time on Saturday and our Filipino group wowed audiences with their skill in their bamboo dance.
Congratulations to all the students, parent organisers and teachers in charge of groups!