After months of after school practices, determination, and hard works the C.P.A group of M.I.S 2011 preformed in public for the first time.
With a group of over 15 girls and 3 boys our numbers were low but that didn’t discourage us. We were determined to try our best and to put in all our hard work so that it all pays off.
We made a quick stop at Waiuku Primary School. It seemed like forever to get there. When we did we put our makeup on then raced in. A lady from Waiuku Primary showed us where to get changed and to perform. We got dressed into our Maori costume then very quietly walked to the other side of the stage. We were all nervous and hoping we wouldn’t muck up. The time came. We walked on stage with our biggest smiles. It looked like the whole school was there and hundreds of eyes waiting to see us with excitement. “Huratea” I yelled. We took them through a Maori experience, showing how our ancestors expressed their feelings using song and dance.
First up was a slow and rhythmic song called: E Te Atua. Then an inviting and cheerful song called Papaki Nui. We then went into the poi and then finished off with E Noho Tuheitia. We heard the crowd cheer. My self confidence went up a little. We walked off stage and got changed into our Samoan costume. When we were ready the music began to play. We just had fun and tried our best. Hawaiian was next, and we quickly got dressed. Our first Hawaiian performance was the Kahiko. Then some girls did the dance: Pearly Shells. Then the rest of the girls did the dance to a Lilo and Stitch song. The very last performance for the day was the Hawaiian instruments. We were broken up into three categories. Some students used the Uli Uli’s when others used the Ipu then last group of students used an instrument formed like a stick to bang them together to make a noise. We went on one group at a time. We then ended with a big hey! We were finally done, and I think that we done really well. We tidied up our costumes, put them into our cars and then made our way to the Marae.
We were welcomed with a small Powhiri then we had a snack. After that we went to the Wave pools. We were so excited. We had just over an hour to swim. After our swim we had a little bit of down time to relax. Then we had dinner which was Nachos and Chop Suey. For desert we had ice cream, fruit salad and brownies. Then it was lights-out by 9:00pm.