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Allawalla Tingle – School Newsletter
Allawalla Tingle is the title of an old school haka. Contrary to popular belief, and performances by the All Blacks, haka are not exclusively war dances performed by men. A haka is a traditional Mãori dance form. It is a posture dance with shouted accompaniment performed by a group for amusement, as a hearty welcome to distinguished guests, or, to acknowledge achievements or occasions. In the 1940s and 50s every new pupil joining the school had to learn the words and it was extensively performed on the rugby pitches to intimidate the opposition at the start of matches. It is thought that it was written in the 1920s and was introduced to the school during the headmastership of Percy Cooper Sands (1914 to 1944). In the best of schoolboy tradition the words of the haka are complete nonsense:
Allawalla tingle The great God Allawalla Allawalla Allawalla Oo Yah Yah! Twee, twee, twipper-lipper-lopperlie! Allawalla, Allawalla, Oo Yah Yah! School, school Pocklington, Rah, rah, Pocklington, School, school, SCHOOOOOOL
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