The colour and energy of Polyfest was once again on show from the 14th to the 16th of March. Students from both Onehunga High School and Marcellin College performed their hearts out for their schools.
Part of the tradition of Polyfest is the final dress rehearsal in front of the school and families. This year both schools’ held theirs on the same day, the 14th of March.
OHS was first, holding their Ao’auli Fiafia in the middle of the day, with seven groups performing: Kapa Haka, Cook Islands, Samoan, Tongan, Niuean and two from the Diversity section, a Chinese fan dance and a fusion of Indian and Latin dance. OHS was one of only a handful of schools to enter all competitive categories at Polyfest.
Marcellin’s Fiafia was held in the evening, in front of a packed and very loud, audience in the school gym. Their Diversity entry kicked the evening off with an Indian inspired dance. They were followed by the Samoan performers, and finally a massive Tongan group, which was so big that they barely managed to fit into the gym.
OHS went on to have a very successful festival, winning seven awards on the Niuean stage. They finished in overall second place, with first places in the Tame, Koli Moe Lologo Foou, Meke and costume categories. In addition, Emily Kapaga was named best female lead. The OHS Cook Islands group won most improved and the Tongan boys came third in the Soke competition.