Sacred Heart boys are proud of their culture and there is a strong representation in the Kapa Haka, Tongan and Samoan groups. We encourage students of all ages and ethnicities to join a cultural group to strengthen their relationships within the College.
Our cultural groups perform at the College Fiafia Night and represent the College at the annual ASB Polynesian Festival (Polyfest). Kapa Haka students proudly lead the College House Haka competitions and whole-school Haka.
We celebrate Matariki and Maori, Samoan and Tongan Language Weeks as part of a growing tradition within Sacred Heart.
Kapa Haka Group
The Kapa Haka group competes yearly at the ASB Polyfest and other important cultural events throughout the school year. Recent performances have seen the group take part in the Waitangi Treaty celebrations, a visit to Bishop Pompallier's resting place, the Merrie Monarch International Hula Festival in Hawaii, the annual Coronation in Ngaruawahia, Matariki celebrations and Haka Powhiri to important guests that visit Sacred Heart. The senior cultural group consists of year levels from Year 11 to 13, these pupils play an important part in preparing the students for House Haka competitions that are held every year. The group also visits Sacred Heart contributing primary schools to perform to them. The Junior Kapa Haka group consists of students in Years 9 and 10 with a third Haka group consisting of the Years 7 and 8 students.
In 2018 the Kapa Haka group traveled to Europe on a hikoi to acknowledge those who died in the great war and to walk the pathways of our role model Sir James Henare. In 2019 the Senior Kapa Haka group traveled to Hawaii to take part in the pre-celebrations of the Merrie Monarch International Hula Festival and to participate in "The Fallen" US Army and Navy celebrations at Pearl Harbor.
Samoan Group - Talofa lava
The Samoan community is a strong and proud part of Sacred Heart College. The connections with the neighbouring area, local Parishes and our Samoan families has enabled the boys to continue to feel pride in their heritage but a sense of belonging as New Zealanders. Their integration into the mainstream College day to day life is seamless where all students are accepted for who they are not where they come from.
The College promotes the Samoan culture in all things ranging from the obvious participation in the ASB Polynesian Festival and preceding Fiafia Night at school, but also by using icons and motifs recognised as Samoan and other Pasifika nations at school events and ceremonies throughout the College calendar. Recognition of our Samoan and other Pasifika roots in our school uniform is shown through including the traditional lavalava as a formal piece of the College uniform.
Tongan Group -Malo e lelei
Our Tongan community has a long history of supporting one another at school and through the local community. Our boys are humble and respectful, knowing their faith and loving their Tongan roots. The Tongan language is an important part of our identity so it's with pride and mana that we keep it alive through events throughout the year.
The Tongan group that performs at Fiafia Night and then goes on to represent the College at the ASB Polynesian Festival, has for many years received accolades and gained many top prizes. It is evident that the support of family and the church helps our boys to grow into proud young men who will go on to lead their own communities in the future. One special part of being Tongan at Sacred Heart College is the ability to be able to turn to any of the boys and seek support. The College with Mr Wong as our Teacher-in-Charge give the boys guidance and a sense that they belong to the bigger family that is Sacred Heart College.