Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Samoan Language Week

Talofa Lava

It is Samoan language week this week, so I thought I would bring you some warm Pacific on a sunny but cool wintry day. There is a website called http://samoan.manuatele.net/ . It has numbers and days of the week and other phrases in Samoan. A good feature is that some of the phrases have button so you can hear how to say the phrase.

We have a number of Pasifika families in our school who are keen to form a cultural performance group.

If you have an interest or a skill in this area we would be keen to hear from you.  One of our class dances in our Production this year will have a Pacific theme so we would be keen for some help with this too. 

This morning I attended a principal’s meeting looking at the Ministry’s Pasifika Education plan. The focus of this plan is to have the Pasifika learner at the centre, and focus on their identity, language and culture.

The plan encourages parent involvement and a school focus on raising achievement.

Last year we co-opted Petelo Alosio on to our Board of Trustees. Together, Petelo and I hosted a Hui for Maori and Pasifika families in Term 1. We are keen to repeat this again next term. Two of our identified targets are to establish a cultural performance group and to introduce some Pacific languages into our classrooms.

Why not try and learn one new word or phrase in Samoan this week. Mine is: Fa'afetai = thank you.

Your feedback is always welcome.

Tofa Soifua

Mark Smith


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