Celebrating Pasifika - MCS Style

What a wonderful time we had in Week 2 of Term 4 when groups of children presented their unique Pasifika cultures through speech, song and dance. Stunning costumes and proud children, family and friends were the order of the night on Tuesday 19 October and Thursday 21 October.

Jasmeet and Victoria were our tour guides and took us for an hour long journey around the Pacific (with a little detour to India!).

We started with the national anthem of Samoa sung in that language by Sharon and Torina

Then first stop was Tonga which was introduced by Leli in his native language.

Malolelei, oku ingoa ko Leli Tuiaki. Oku mau fakamoloatu homo hau ki hene. Koe ingoa oku dedi ko Uoka oku hau ia mea Hapai, koe ingoa oku mumi ko Mele, oku hau ia mea Vavau. Oku mau kole kia mo tolo ke sio ke mau hula tonga. Malo.

Jennifer-Rose introduced us all to the lovely Cook Islands.

Kia orana kotou kotua ta inirkia noa on toai mata ovea kotoa teriki kia orankia oran.

On our slight detour to India, Sweta welcomed and introduced the colourful dance group.

Namaste
Hama naam s
Sweta hai, aag raat hama log ek chota sa nache dekhienge.
Sub log kushi rahyo.

Last, but not least was Samoa. Torina introduced the group to perform for our final destination.

Ou te fia faatalofa atu ia te outou matua talofa, talofa, talofa lava. O lou igoa o Torina Samuelu. Ou 10 ou tausaga. Na ou fanau i Niu Sila a'o a'u o le Samoa. O lo'u tama e sau mai Falefa a'o lo'u tina e sau mai Faasito'otai. Usi mai lau faafofoga ma lau silasila o le a faafiafia atu le vaega Samoa.

Also showcased were our Year 6 speech winner Alexus and runner-up Eucharist. Pasefika talent quest winners presented their winning items as well.

Sonatane, Vincent and Connor were "The Polynesian Beats" band who entertained everyone on guitar and drums with great singing.

Neha and Divya danced to an Indian beat, while Gracie, Vishay and Angeline presented their own dance.

The finale was everyone singing and moving to the Samoan love song 'Tele I'a O Sami' and then the audience was invited to join the ta'ualuga and dance with the children.

What a fabulous 2 nights of celebrating Pasifika culture.

Check out some of the amazing photos here!