Concentrating on the dance

Saturday August 10, 2019 Written by Published in Education
Junior Apii Avarua children waited somewhat impatiently for their turn at dance rehearsals, and excitedly leapt to the dance floor when the drums started. 19080912 Junior Apii Avarua children waited somewhat impatiently for their turn at dance rehearsals, and excitedly leapt to the dance floor when the drums started. 19080912

Students started back at school on Tuesday.

For Apii Avarua the kids are not only excited to be back in the classrooms, they are in full swing with rehearsals for the opening of their dome on August 23.

Year 8 pupil Ephraim Simpson is happy to be back. “I’ve had enough of the holidays, I missed being at school with my friends.”

A keen dancer, he says, being in the team helps keep him fit.

Tione Nand couldn’t wait for school to start again and loves his culture. “It’s a lot of fun and when I’m dancing it puts a smile on my face; I miss learning and I’m so happy to be back.”

 

Experienced performer Aporo Williams proudly says, “my dad got me into loving our culture; every Saturday night we do a show with a dance team.”

Aporo, in year 6, is looking forward to the opening of the dome. “It’s good we have it all done, it’s nice and airy.”

He missed his friends and learning new things during the holidays.

Year 1 and 2 pupils Tera Rongo and her friends Jaime Ngamata and Tuan Kauvarevai were set to join in the practise. The girls are pleased to be in school again and are delighted to be dancing.

The students choreographed their own dances, with guidance from teachers and Jane Rubena, Mark Short and family.

The dome project started late last year, with the second phase in April; the school has fundraised since 2016 raising $300,000. Apii Avarua also received $150,000 from the Indian Grant fund, and $14,000 from the NZ High Commission.

Term 3 will end on October 4.

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