Teachers and students of Pu’apu’a Primary School in Savaii are among the schools selected to sing the national anthem of their assigned country to cheer New Zealand.
Everyone is looking forward to making the trip from the big island to perform and to cheer for the kiwis.
It is historical for the school. For not only the students have the opportunity to take part in the activities but also watch the sporting events
They are proud to support New Zealand the participating country in the Pacific Games assigned to Pu’apu’a Primary to support and cheer.
“New Zealand is very important to the people of Pu’apu’a for Samoa and New Zealand have strong historical ties. New Zealand administered Samoa in the past,” a teacher at the school said.
“It is the country, which signed a Treaty of Friendship with Samoa. There’s a big Samoan community living in NZ and there are Samoans in the All Blacks.”
Since given the task more than three months ago the school has worked hard to learn about New Zealand and this includes learning to sing the national anthem in both the Maori language and English, learning the Maori dances and some phrases in the Maori language.
The school has put in every effort in their preparations for they want the Games to be successful and Samoa to be a good host. They are grateful of the support of the community in the school preparations to welcome the athletes and officials especially those from New Zealand.
“ We know we are far from the centre of all the Games activities but we want to contribute to making Samoa a successful host. We have to enjoy being the host nation. So we are cheering all the way from Savaii. That is the support from the big island,” the teacher said.
The school is looking forward to their memorable moments during the Pacific Games.