Early in Term 2 our Aquinas College Pasifika Aiga (whānau group) students and Maori-Pasifika Kaiarah Mr Mikare Smith, performed an Ava Ceremony for our College staff. Special guest, Ezra Schuster, Director of Education for Bay of Plenty, joined our teaching staff to enjoy Pasifika song and prayer performed by our young people and community. The students went on to serve everyone a delicious Pasifika themed banquet. Our students briefly shared about their culture, followed by some student and staff dancing! We are blessed to have the support of our wonderful Pasifika community as we seek continued growth in our cultural responsiveness for all learners.
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