POLYFEST - written by Orlando Tuhega-Vaitupu

Tuesday 25th October 2016

On Wednesday 14th September all of the Year 7 and 8 boys performed at the Otago Schools Maori and Pacific Island Festival - (Polyfest) in the Edgar Center.

They have been practising all of Term 3 with Mr James, Mr Price and Brad Martin. They performed three songs Tau Ana, Hareruia, He Honore and the JMC School Haka. This is the second time that John McGlashan have been in the Polyfest,  but this year was the first time on there own as last year they were on the stage with Columba College.

This year was also significant as there were new uniforms made and especially designed by Gemma Tuhega (Orlando Tuhega-Vaitupu's mum) and made by Jillian Tuhega (Orlando's nana).

The boys performed with pride and passion with the highlight being the school Haka led by Reon Lowery.

It was an outstanding way to finish off a polish performance, with the boys giving it their all and showing great school pride by way of red faces, red chests and veins popping out and showcasing their Pukana.

We hope to continue this new chapter in JMC and grow it further.

Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria.

My language is my awakening; my language is the window to my soul.

This is a proverb closely associated with language revitalization, a struggle which is very important in maintaining culture.