Wesley thrives in host role
Those calling in at Wesley College last week would have found it a quiet place with all 320 students and staff involved in the ASB Polyfest 2009 at the Manukau Superbowl.
For the second year running, Wesley College was the host school for this huge multi-cultural event, a big ask as it is the smallest school at the festival.
Being the host school requires all students to be ambassadors for the festival. They help on all the stages, on the gates, selling programmes and assisting visitors with directions. This year they were clearly visible to all in their bright green shirts.
Principal Ian Faulkner said he was extremely proud of his students and staff.
Attending an event like Polyfest is important for his students because it allows them to showcase their culture while learning about others.
‘‘ It allows our students to become aware of their diverse cultural backgrounds and, unless a young person is aware of his identity he is not going to achieve academically,’’ he said.
Wesley College is extremely grateful to the support it received from NZ Bus. Their newly branded fleet of Waka Pacific buses transported the students and staff for the four days of the festival.
This year Manukau City Council made all its parks smoke free. This legislation, along with all stallholders being encouraged to support the Let’s Beat Diabetes Campaign, by offering healthier food options, made for an extremely positive atmosphere at Polyfest 09.
The annual event is the largest Maori and Pacific Islands cultural festival in the world with more than 9000 secondary school students taking part and more than 80,000 visitors.