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.

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