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Cromwell College was represented by 38 pupils at this year’s Otago Polyfest, the biggest group the school has ever sent.

Principal Mason Stretch was among those impressed by their performance at the Edgar Centre in Dunedin, which he described as “very polished”.

“We were really proud of mana and pride shown in their performance. They have worked hard with extra practices in recent weeks with great support from our tutor Teri Kahukuranui. There is a strong sense of whanau developing in the group through the leadership and support of the older students.”

The pupils started their performance with a Tongan dance, choreographed by the girls who performed it. It was followed by the hymn to matou matua, the waiata-a-ringa , the poi and the school’s haka, before concluding with the waiata. PHOTO: ODT/LINDA ROBERTSON