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New Caledonian Exchange Visit August 2014

Once again this year we will be welcoming our friends from Canala College in New Caledonia as part of our on-going contact with the school. A group of students will be visiting the college during September and students will have the opportunity to welcome a student to stay with them and their family for a week.
The New Caledonian students will be arriving on Saturday 6th September and they will spend a week in Auckland before undertaking a short tour of the North Island. They will visit National Park and Rotorua. The students then return to Auckland and stay with their billet families for a further three nights before returning to New Caledonia on Sunday 21st September.
Students who are interested in welcoming a student to stay with them should see Ms Potter to collect the necessary information. Families may also contact Ms Potter on 275 4029 Ext 113 if they would like more details about this visit.


Another successful Samoa Language Class Malaga to the Independent State of Samoa, has returned back safely. The Malaga left Aotearoa on Friday 27 September 2013 at 4:00pm, and arrived back safely on Monday 14 October 2013 at 5:00am.
Both staff and students enjoyed and experienced the beautiful sites and scenery of Samoa. The HoD of Pasifika Languages and Asst. Principal Mrs Mele Ah Sam, along with 5 other staff members accompanied 11 Year 12 and 13 students studying the Samoan Language to explore, familiarise and extend their knowledge of Samoan language, culture, customs and landscape.

Faafetai i le Pule A’oga ma le laumua, aemaise Matua, Aiga uo ma e masani mo talosaga ma le tapuaiga mau ua toe taliu ai lenei faigamalaga ile fiafia ma le manuia.

Photos above:
1. Malaga before they leave for Church Service at Matafelefele Samoan Methodist church
2. Malaga photo with the Head of State of Samoa and his first lady.
3. Staff photo with their Highness Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Tupuola Taisi Efi and Queen Filifilia Tamasese
Malaga about to leave for church

Malaga photo with Head of State and first lady

Staff photo with Head of State and First lady

Year 10 Samoan Cultural Presentations



A big thank you to parents and families who supported our Year 10 Samoan Presentations.

It was another 2 days of successful presentations from students, who overcame their fears and prepared well for this day.


Thank you to Mrs Ahsam, Cynthia Collins (MoE Pasifika Education Officer), Mr Dadley and Ms Siew for the support over the two days and joining us for this customary occasion.


Any thoughts on how to better this for next year is appreciated, and if you want a copy of your child’s Folafola Sua – please contact and inform Mrs Ahsam (Asst. Principal / HoD Pasifika Languages) or Mr Fesulua’i (Samoa Language teacher) at the school.


Ia manuia fuafuaga o lenei masina.


Folafola Sua 5 Folafola Sua 3 Folafola Sua 1

Mangere College Karen Culture Group

The Karen Culture Group is made up of students from the Karen people who are from part of Burma or from refugee camps in Thailand.  There are also other students who were interested in learning the Karen dances.  The group performed at a rest home, at school, at refugee days and at a refugee symposium.

Ta Kaw Wah is the leader of the group and is very skilled in the traditional dances.

“It was fun to teach the students how to move their hands and body to the music” Ta Kaw Wah

“It is a good chance to keep our culture alive” Eh Doe Soe

“This is good because it brings the refugees together” Dee Dee

“Dancing is fun because we are always laughing” Hsi Hsi

“It is difficult to learn the movements because I have never danced our traditional dance before” Say Wah


burma try Burma

New Caledonian Visit 2012

Once again Mangere College hosted a very enjoyable and successful visit for our friends from Canala College in New Caledonia.  This was a very special visit as it celebrated the 20th anniversary of the link between our two colleges.  The college received a special piece of art work created to mark the occasion by a local artist.  The work can be viewed in the school library.

The visit once again depended on the warmth and generosity of our Mangere College school families who opened their homes and welcomed the students into their own families.  This is an experience that will never be forgotten by our guests and they returned to New Caledonia with great memories of the time spent in New Zealand.

Special thanks must go to Mr and Mrs Stevens, to Mr and Mrs Nicholls and to the Molia family who were willing to host members of the group.  Thanks also to the families of the following students who looked after their billets so well.

Aman Singh 9PK

Moana Viniki 9PK

Rakel Ouway 14PA

Tiresa Va’a 12ZA

Kairangi Opu’u 12MI

Michelle Fainu’u 12SE

Lafu Tavila 12WG


We look forward to our 21st visit celebrations in 2014!




Samoan Cultural Assessment

Mangere College Year 10 Samoan Language classes will be having their assessment on a Samoan cultural aspect.

This year your child, as part of the Year 10 Samoan class, should be able to demonstrate how to:

  • Food Presentation / Folafola Mea’ai OR
  • the Sua Presentation / Folafola se  Sua

The students have been working hard  in class to perfect their presentation and will need to bring some items of food as this is an integral part of Samoan culture, but more importantly vital to completing their assessment.

Year 10 (Opt A):

  • Wednesday 22 August 2012
  • Period 2 (9:50am – 10:45am)
  • L 4 (Language block)
Year 10 (Opt E)

  • Wednesday 22 August 2012
  • Period 5 (1:55pm – 2:50pm)
  • L 4 (Language block)