Celebrating language, culture, and identity

Over several weeks we have celebrated who we are, our place in the world, with Tongan language week, our Pasifika Fia Fia evening, and Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Students, whānau, and kaiako, celebrated Tongan language week  which ended with a wonderful feast, and performances from some of our Tongan students.

The following week we celebrated Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. After a week of interesting activities that highlighted the language and its use. we ended with a ‘haka off’, as students from our three kāhui faced off with newly learned haka. The event certainly left more than a few spectators with ‘goosebumps’.

Our Tumuaki Robin Sutton again voiced his ambition to hear Te Reo Māori as often as we hear English at Te Huruhuru Ao o Horomaka Hornby High School. The wero is laid down!!!

The one factor that defined both weeks was the students’ initiative and leadership, saying everything about the wonderful rangatahi at Hornby High School.

In the middle of all of this was our wonderful Pasifika Fia Fia evening, featuring performances from students at four of our kāhui ako schools. Our auditorium was nearly full to capacity with eager whānau there to watch and support their children. We were honoured with the presence of Tufulasi Taleni, a key figure in founding the evening. We also celebrated the contribution of Mr Gary Roberts, Principal of Hornby Primary School, who worked with Mr Taleni to found the event, at his last Fia Fia evening.

It makes us all proud to be part of the Hornby community. #manahoromaka #hornbypride