Dev­as­ta­tion to cel­e­bra­tion

South Taranaki Star - - FRONT PAGE - JANE MATTHEWS

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.’’

JANE MATTHEWS/STUFF

This is the sec­ond year the Ha¯wera In­ter­me­di­ate School Cul­tural Fes­ti­val has taken place - this time it was less for­mal.

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