Cul­tural story un­folds on stage

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

Richard John­son Angli­can School stu­dents cel­e­brated their rich back­ground dur­ing a her­itage fes­ti­val in the most en­ter­tain­ing way — through song and dance. .

RICHARD John­son Angli­can School has cel­e­brated its cul­tural di­ver­sity with its fifth an­nual Her­itage Fes­ti­val on Thurs­day.

The high school, which has stu­dents from up to 40 cul­tures, from ev­ery conti- nent, first held the fes­ti­val when some of its Pa­cific Is­lan­der stu­dents asked to per­form some tra­di­tional dances.

The re­sult was a cel­e­bra­tion of not just one but all cul­tural back­grounds.

The full ar­ray of cul­tures was on dis­play, with tra­di­tional dishes and a con­cert.

Lunch stalls sold food from ev­ery cor­ner of the globe, from the Aus­tralian meat pie to In­dian cur­ries. Se­nior learn­ing co-or­di­na­tor Stewart Rowe said the con­cert gave stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy for­eign tra­di­tions.

“We have nearly 40 dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties in our school,” Mr Rowe said. “It was a cel­e­bra­tion of all the dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

“There were 14 dif­fer­ent items in our con­cert which in­cluded danc­ing, mu­sic, singing and play­ing (an in­stru­ment) and po­etry.”

– Danielle Jarvis

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Stu­dents from Richard John­son Angli­can School per­form dances high­light­ing their her­itage.

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