Our whanau in the Aorere College project graduated on the 1 November in amongst the presence of the paparazzi, colour, song and dance! What a wonderful time of celebrating and now, a record of it in picture and video clips.
We were delighted to have leaders from our community offering words of commendation and inspiration. Our MPs - Su'a William Sio and Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi commented on the commitment of the parents graduating and the school to these same parents. School leaders shared their thoughts, Principal Patrick Drumm, Deputy Principal Lynne van Etten along with SGM Chairperson Joce Williams. The grace for our supper was shared by Helen Amituanai - Community Relations Mighty River Power.
Highlights of the Graduation included the excellent impromptu piano skills of graduate Lufi Paea's husband. We were all riveted - you set the atmosphere sir!
Big thanks to the Samoan Cultural Groups, the acapella singers and soloists. You added colour and pizazz to the occasion.
To the students that weren't only there to awhi their parents but took it a step further and stepped up to the microphone with speeches dedicated to their parent - thanking them, admiring them and lifting them up before us all. You made us all very, very proud.
Thank you to the wonderful team at Tagata Pasifika, who accepted the invitation to highlight this event with a special segment in their television programme. The YouTube clip is below - please watch it! Our thanks also to the reporter/photographers from the Samoan Times and Indian Newslink. Both publications featured stories on the Aorere Graduation! You guys are FAMOUS! Click here to read the Indian Newslink article. Well done Deepa Jain for penning that and submitting it - your work is famous!
Aorere College students really chipped in to make the afternoon run as smoothly as possible - Aorere College students rock! Thank you for catering!
For our graduates - I hope you are all enjoying your computers and internet. Your skills can only get better - I'll be expecting those emails and feedback :)