Devastation to celebration
A festival that was born out of the devastating loss of a school hall has been successful for its second year.
The Ha¯wera Intermediate School Cultural Festival took place last week, drawing in audiences to two shows at the Ha¯ wera Assembly of God Church.
The school’s almost 300 students performed and displayed their various artworks, which organiser and performing arts teacher Jill Trigg said turned into a great show.
‘‘Through circumstance it happened to be less formal and everyone across the board said they really enjoyed it,’’ Trigg said.
‘‘Lots of schools do productions so we sort of decided to do it with a twist.’’
The intermediate school lost three quarters of its school buildings to a fire in late 2015.
Trigg said term three was the only time the students really got to focus on performing, so they wanted to keep it alive despite the loss of the hall.
‘‘We enjoy performing - it’s good for the kids, they love it,’’ she said. ‘‘This is something really different and they get right into it.’’
Trigg said they held the cultural festival for the first time last year.
‘‘Historically term three was our production time but because we don’t have a hall, we can’t practise,’’ she said.
‘‘So we decided to do a cultural hour - the kids do cultural hour twice a week and they either create an artwork that can be displayed or they practise a performance.
‘‘So to celebrate the end of term and show the parents what we’ve been doing, we have our cultural festival.’’
Trigg said the school catered for all of the students’ interests.
‘‘The teachers come up with the ideas, just whatever they want to do, and then we share that with the kids,’’ she said.
‘‘The teachers talk about it in an assembly and the kids get to choose.’’
Trigg said there were options of kapa haka, ukulele playing, choir, an evolution of dance mash up, wearable arts, as well as paper art, string art and more.
‘‘It was all the kids’ work on display,’’ she said.
‘‘Even some of the really shy kids were up there modelling and performing, it’s really great.
‘‘They just jumped right outside their comfort zone, and they love it.’’
This is the second year the Ha¯wera Intermediate School Cultural Festival has taken place - this time it was less formal.