Powerful moment an entire school of boys break into a spine-tingling haka to farewell graduating students as they watch on from above in a hall
- Students were filmed performing powerful haka to farewell graduating students
- Boys from Palmerston North Boys’ High School performed it for the Year 13s
- Deputy Rector Gerard Atkin said the haka was performed as a sign of respect
Over 1500 teenage boys made the walls of their school hall shake as they performed a powerful haka to farewell graduating students.
Students from Palmerston North Boys’ High School, on New Zealand’s North Island, performed the haka in their school hall in November for the seniors.
Moving footage shows Year 13 boys standing on the mezzanine floor of the hall, watching on as the rest of the school performs for them.
Hundreds of students were filmed (pictured) performing a hall-shaking haka to farewell graduating student and give their respect
Students from Palmerston North Boys’ High School, on New Zealand’s North Island, performed the powerful haka in their school hall in November for the seniors
Deputy Rector Gerard Atkin told Daily Mail Australia the performance was done the day before the senior students sat their final year NCEA exams.
‘We sort of use it for special occasions, this is the third or fourth time performing it to seniors,’ Mr Atkin said.
‘It recognises contribution to the school and as a challenge to do their best for the examinations they’re about to sit.’
Mr Atkin said the haka taught school values and ensured students set high goals and standards for their final examinations.
The school has become known for their powerful hakas throughout the years.
Footage was captured in 2015 of students from the high school performing the traditional Maori war dance in an emotional rendition to honour their dead teacher.
The boys were also filmed performing a powerful haka for a departing guidance counsellor at the school in 2016.
Moving footage shows Year 13 boys standing on the top level of the hall, watching on as the rest of the school performs for them
The school traditionally farewells the graduating students with a haka and was originally introduced by the leadership team
More than 200,000 people viewed the haka after it was posted to the school’s Facebook page.
Many took to the comments to praise the boys’ performance.
‘I get chills every time I watch the haka!! Just mesmerising! Well done lads!,’ one person wrote.
‘Amazing how the haka brings so many people together in a single moment and creates a unity of all people of many different colours sizes and heritage,’ another said.
Another user commented: ‘Incredible! What an amazing way to acknowledge those leaving.’
‘Amazing to see the whole school body take part,’ one person wrote.