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Call For Performing Arts In Secondary Schools

Call For Performing Arts To Be In Secondary Schools

Manukau City Councillor, Su’a William Sio is supporting the call by Dr Okusi Mahina to introduce performing arts in the secondary schools curriculum.

“Clearly the performances that emerges from our high school students and is showcased annually at the ASB Polyfest in Manukau has to be recognized as first class. The talents of our Maori & Pacific secondary school students is phenomenal and is a good base for feeding into international renowned groups such as Black Grace, Mika, and Te Vaka who regularly perform in Europe.”

“Performing arts is now seen by many young people as a viable career pathway, and our young people in Manukau have something that many other countries don’t have……raw & natural talent in dance & music.”

Councillor Sio is supporting the call by Dr Okusi Mahina, a Tongan community representative who spoke at the ASB Polyfest opening ceremony and challenged the Secondary Schools Principals Association as to why performing arts has not made its way into the school curriculum, yet it is being taught at university level.

“It is a challenge for the Ministry of Education, the Secondary School Principals Association and for school board of trustees, but I believe it is a challenge that needs to be explored with a view of giving the best opportunities to our young people to reach their full potential in the exciting area of performing arts,” says Councillor Sio.

“I can see long term gains for our communities and our young people if this challenge was taken up by our secondary schools.”


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