Pacific immersion

James Hargest pupils embrace culture

Last updated 15:22 07/12/2012
Pasifika Day
ROBYN EDIE/Fairfax NZ
James Hargest College junior campus held a Pasifika Day today. Pictured after making leis are year 7 pupils, from left, Alyssa Smith, Talyah Sweney Matthew Larsen.

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James Hargest College Year 7 pupils immersed themselves in Pacific culture as the end of a term dedicated to exploring the region approached.

They were tattooing themselves, albeit not in the traditional — painful — Samoan way, and had to come up with stories about their designs and why they chose them.

They also made leis, played ki o rahi and dressed in lavalavas.

Year 7 dean Karen Buckingham said it was a fun day towards the end of term which could reinforce what had been learned.

Pupils Alyssa Smith and Talyah Sweney said they wanted to visit a Pacific island.

‘‘I want to go to Bora Bora (in French Polynesia),’’ Talyah said. ‘‘I saw it on the internet and liked the look of it.’’

Mrs Buckingham said when they went on the school camp, they stayed at the Otago Museum and visited the Dunedin art gallery to look at Pacific artefacts and art.

When they studied Samoa, one of the pupils had found out, unexpectedly, that their uncle was a matai, she said.

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