Students from Carmel College and Rosmini College in Auckland combined for the first time to compete on the Samoan stage at Polyfest 2019 — the largest Polynesian festival in the world.

Carmel College head of arts and culture Junitta Moa said in a school newsletter that Polyfest was “a very enjoyable and moving experience and would not have been possible without the help of our incredible team of parents, teachers and tutors”.

“We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to represent our schools, our culture and our families.”

This was the first time for Rosmini College to participate and lead the combined schools on the Samoan stage.

Gavin Barlow Lafaele, the leader of the Polyfest Group, acknowledged Rosmini principal Nixon Cooper for funding this activity that has “fulfilled our desires to embrace diversity, culture and identity in our school environment”.

This year, the final day of Polyfest was cancelled after the March 15 mosque shootings in Christchurch.

A combined Carmel and Rosmini Colleges Fiafia night on March 13 was attended by 600 people and raised $7000 towards the costs associated with Polyfest.

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