There was a real sense of joy at the annual four-day Polyfest event in April as thousands of students and their families and supporters came together at the Manukau Sports Bowl to celebrate culture through performance. The joy was especially apparent given that world's biggest schools' Pacific dance festival had been cancelled twice previously - in 2019 due to the Christchurch terror attacks, and in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Avondale College brought ten groups to the Cultural and Diversity stages of Polyfest this year: Thai, Japanese, African, Korean, Sri Lankan, Indian, Cook Island, Niuean, Tongan and Samoan. The groups had been practising tirelessly in the weeks leading up to the event, and their efforts were rewarded with a number of awards.
"Over the past eight weeks, our ten groups have worked incredibly hard with their teachers, tutors, student leaders and families to prepare for the Polyfest event. We are incredibly proud of all of our groups! They put a huge amount of effort into their performance pieces, and the teamwork, dedication and drive for excellence has been impressive. Avondale College’s HEART values have been on display every day, and not least during the competition itself." - Lyndy Watkinson, Principal