Multiculturalism on show
The many cultures of Bishop Viard College were on display as the school celebrated World Refugee Day last week.
Fifty students from Myanmar and Colombia wore traditional clothing from their home countries, marking the day with a special assembly and morning tea.
Burmese refugee student Kyaw Naing Aung says he put forward the idea for the assembly as a way for the whole school to get involved.
‘‘It’s not just about the day, it’s about all the cultures. Part of the aim was to give a brief look at what our culture is like,’’ he says.
Head boy Salio Siaunuua says he did not realise just how many different cultures the school had until he saw them out of uniform and in traditional dress.
During the assembly a group of Burmese girls did a traditional dance and head girl Elsa Pelman says she wished all of the cultures, including the many from the Pacific islands, had done a performance.
She says the assembly is something they would like to make a fixture on the school’s calendar.
Jenny Dohn, a refugee student from Myanmar, says the special day brought a smile to many students faces.
Head of student support and ESOL Sue Campbell says the money raised from the mufti day will be given to Porirua Refugee Services.
Fiesta: Colombian refugee students attending Bishop Viard College celebrated World Refugee Day recently with head boy Salio Siaunuua.