This week is special, it's Samoan Language Week! Pt England School was very privileged to launch the event with Sam Lotu-Iiga. We had a special Assembly on Monday morning with performances from the Samoan Pre-School, our own Senior Samoan Group and the Tamaki College Samoan Group.
When we walked into the hall, there were different seats reserved for special people, big writing up the front saying “Taofi Mau I Au Measina” meaning “Hold fast to your Treasures” While everyone was being seated, some movies made last year for Samoan Language Week were playing on the screen. Mr Burt welcomed us and started off our exciting assembly.
Instead of just the New Zealand Anthem, we also sang the beautiful Samoan National Anthem. The Samoan Pre-school sang some awesome action songs in Samoan before Mr Burt talked a bit about Samoan Language Week. Our Senior Samoan group did their performance which was really cool, something that Sam Lotu-Iiga enjoyed. Tamaki College Samoan Group finished off the performances with their item that they did at Polyfest, a festival where groups from different colleges perform at different stages, Samoan, Tongan, Maori, Cook Island and many more. So their performance was really good.
It has been a great week so far celebrating the Language of Samoa! I hope that people all over New Zealand are celebrating and learning more about Samoa Language. So for now, Tofa Soifua, which means Goodbye!