Pupils en­joy Pasi­fika fes­ti­val

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Four cen­tral Auck­land schools have been get­ting to­gether for the last four years to hold a large Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val that recog­nises the hard work of stu­dents and fam­i­lies.

Royal Oak In­ter­me­di­ate hosted this year’s event which drew the en­tire school pop­u­la­tion of Man­gere Bridge School, One­hunga Pri­mary School and Te Pa­papa School.

More than 1500 chil­dren along with their teach­ers and fam­i­lies gath­ered to take part in last Thurs­day’s fes­ti­val that in­cluded Samoan, Ni­uean and Maori cul­tural per­for­mances.

Man­gere Bridge School prin­ci­pal Judy Hanna says the four schools ini­tially banded to­gether in 2009 for a gov­ern­ment-funded pro­gramme that aimed to in­crease the achieve­ment of Pa­cific chil­dren through the en­gage­ment of par­ents.

‘‘As part of the project the four schools de­cided in 2010 to have a fes­ti­val to cel­e­brate the suc­cesses we had with our chil­dren,’’ she says.

Over the years each school has had a chance to host the fes­ti­val, mean­ing this year’s is the last one.

But Ms Hanna says it may come back in a dif­fer­ent for­mat.

Pa­cific blue: A young­ster from Man­gere Bridge Pri­mary gets into the swing of things on stage.

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