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Oranga Multicultural day

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On Saturday the 4th of November, Oranga Primary held a Multicultural Day, to celebrate the school’s diversity. Performers and staff wore colourful cultural outfits – in contrast to the grey clouds that blanketed the sky. Principal Diana Peri, set the tone, wearing a beautiful Polynesian-inspired flower head-dress. The event was planned to take place outdoors, but wet weather moved friends and families under cover. The large doors of the hall were opened up, and guests quickly filled seats. 

 

The Maori group opened the day, with a traditional kapa haka welcome. Fijian, Tongan, and Samoan groups had members of all nationalities join - reflecting Oranga Schools’ diversity. Scotland had their very own bagpipe players to accompany their heritage items, with an exciting display of caber tossing, and stone put. The folk dancing and country line dancers added variety to the performances. New Entrants pupils had a lively Jump Jam presentation, and the funky Indian Bollywood dancers were fabulous entertainment. 

 There were a number of food stalls available on site, adding a festive atmosphere to the occasion. Grandparent, Sifa Fifita, attended the event with her family. She says, “I was excited to watch my grandson dance in the Fijian group - the children performed very well. It’s lovely to have these sorts of gatherings in the neighbourhood, as it’s a good opportunity to meet other locals.”

 Twelve weeks of practice and planning leading up to the celebration was a true example of Oranga School’s vision of achieving excellence, as life-long learners. Principal Diana Peri was delighted with the cultural performances, from staff and students. “The performing art was of high quality. It was nice to show the community and extended whanau, what Oranga Primary School are all about.” 

 The school would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Multicutural Day, and appreciate all the local businesses who donated prizes for the raffle fundraiser.

 

 

 

 

 

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