Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa/Samoan Language Week 2019
Our Senior Gagana Samoa students organised the week’s celebrations by first holding a flag raising ceremony on Monday. We then had a group of Senior Gagana Samoa students travel throughout the week to Woodstock Primary School, Aberdeen School and to our very own Fraser Campus Creche to teach their students words and phrases in Gagana Samoa and to also perform a sāsā, siva and taualuga.
On Thursday morning we held a Professional Learning Workshop with our teachers on how to best engage with Pasifika tamaiti and their families. We had a panel of Aiga Tasi students answer teachers’ questions and also share their learning journey at Fraser. We then had an Aiga Tasi Assembly during Group Time to celebrate Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa. Our Senior Gagana Samoa Students hosted the assembly and conducted a traditional Samoan Ava Ceremony. This was the first time in Fraser’s history! The Ava ceremony is the Fa’aSamoa way of showing the highest honour to people of authority. It was a wonderful learning experience for all staff and students.
To conclude Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa on the Friday, our Gagana Samoa Students prepared 146 plates of sapasui ma alaisa (chop suey and rice) for students and staff. At break 2 we then had games in the gym.
Our upu (word) for the week was “TAUTUA” which is to “SERVE”. We have served our elders and teachers by honouring them in a traditional Samoan Ava Ceremony. We have served our fellow students by breaking bread and feeding them. We have served our young ones by performing and teaching them about our beautiful Gagana Samoa.
The week was a wonderful celebration of Samoan culture, language, food, dance, music, history and traditional customs. Fa’afetai lava to all our students and staff for supporting all the activities that took place this week
Fraser High is the only School in Hamilton that teaches Gagana Samoa and is thriving in NCEA. This would not be possible without the support of our wonderful principal Mrs Crawford, our Board Of Trustees and most importantly our community and fanau.
Soifua ma ia manuia