Last week was Polyfest week! Over the past eight weeks, our ten groups have worked incredibly hard with their teachers, tutors, student leaders and families to prepare for the Polyfest event. Some of our groups have not performed since 2018 because of the cancellations, firstly for the Christchurch mosque attacks and then last year’s COVID lockdown. We have had a Korean group for three years now and this year they finally got to Polyfest!
All of the groups put an incredible amount of effort into their performance pieces, and the teamwork, dedication and drive for excellence has been impressive. Avondale College’s HEART values have been on display every day, and not least during the competition itself.
On Saturday afternoon Avondale College was the ‘talk of the town’. First of all it was announced that our Tongan group had won 1st place for both the Lakalaka and the Sōkē that they performed – with their shouts of excitement echoing around the Manukau Sports Bowl. A short time later our Samoan Group won 1st place on the Samoan Stage, successfully defending their 2018 title!
I cannot recall a co-ed school simultaneously winning across both the Samoan and Tongan stages, and my sincere congratulations go to the groups for this remarkable achievement. We could not be more proud of you!
- Mrs L Watkinson, Principal