Pupils enjoy Pasifika festival
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.