Friday, March 20, 2015

Polynesian Festival

Polyfest ( short for Polynesian Festival ) is a cultural dance festival that was first established in 1976. This year in 2015, we celebrate the 40 years that Polyfest has been going on for. Polyfest is a festival, where high schools compete in. There a separate individual cultural stages at Polyfest, such as the Cook Island stage, Niuean, Samoan, Tongan and even a diversity stage. I bet that hardest thing to think of is which stage you could go to!

Yesterday, the Point England year 7 & 8 students were very fortunate to attend the Polyfest education workshop, and do whole lot of fun activities! We even got to meet the prime minister, John Key and his camera crew! We were warmly welcomed by the Polyfest organisers. We met a lot of people, especially the people from Niu.Fm ( 103. 8 ) and Flava.Fm ( 95. 8 ).  We were all doing different activities as a class, and our first one was learning about how to save power.

Class 3 was kindly taught by a lady named Helen and she gave us advice on how we should save our parents power bills. Did you know that heat and air conditioning takes up most of the power? Remember, that it is important that you should always unplug electricity devices before heading out or to sleep.  Luckily, we were gifted an hourglass that was given to remind us of how long we should shower or use the tap!  

My favorite activity was writing messages of why we love Polyfest! I wrote “ I love Polyfest because I get to see my family and friends perform on stage well “ We were also given another piece of paper which I wrote “ happy 40th birthday Polyfest! “ At the end of our sessions we had the chance to go and visit some stalls for some prizes and visit the Kapa Haka stage! Next year, I would very much love to perform at Polyfest next year for my college!

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