Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tongan Language Week at Yendarra

Yendarra share in the GREETING Malo e lelei
Malo aupito! to our Tongan whanau for sharing your love of language and culture through song, clothing and food.

Learning Tongan language this week has been a very ‘unique’ experience for our tamariki. We have learnt to appreciate each other’s cultures and experiences.  All classes had the opportunity to learn through pictures, video, stories, word charts, songs and live commentary from our Tongan teachers Mrs Tu'ikolovatu, Miss Tuli and our Tongan students.

When our Tongan whanau ‘dressed in their best’ we were all ‘star struck’ at how bright and beautiful everyone looked which caught the attention of so many compliments…

Your Tupenu makes you look neat, tidy and very tall…

You look amazing with bright colours…

The patterns weaved on your ta’ovala look awesome…

An impressive outfit must be made by some impressive family members…

If the week wasn’t already special Mrs Tu'ikolovatu and room 1 went visiting to share the Tongan love of song which made us all so very happy.


  1. Dear Room 1 and Mrs Tu'ikolovatu

    I was so incredibly special to have you visit Room 20 and to hear your beautiful singing. We loved hearing your Tongan songs and watching your faces light up in a beaming smile when you sang. Malo e lei . Ms Mahoney

  2. Faka'ofo'ofa aupito homou teunga fakatonga! Tongan language and culture is alive at Yendarra. Chehooo!!!!!

  3. What an amazing day! You all looked stunning and brought the Tongan language and culture to Yendarra. AMAZING.

  4. I loved seeing how proud our Tongan children were, what a wonderful celebration!

  5. You are so amazing Tongan children.I can see my friend Ivalani,Olioni and Asle