School celebrates cultures
Traditional and modern collided in a spectacle of 20 cultures at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School’s annual multicultural assembly.
From traditional tabla drumming from the Punjab, to C-pop and K-pop (pop music and dance from China and Korea), children presented performances from their home country.
The assembly is very popular principal David Jopson said.
‘‘Showing us the pride in your culture came through in your performance,’’ he told performers.
The children each told the audience about a feature from home they recommended visiting.
Among the special memories was seeing the Wall of China snake like a dragon through the countryside, the beauty of the Taj Mahal at night, seeing butterflies in Papua New Guinea, and colourful tulips in the Netherlands in spring.
Year 8 student Hayley Ye came to New Zealand from China near the end of primary school.
She does not get many chances to share her culture, she said, but did a C-pop dance.
‘‘I’m proud. It’s interesting to learn about another culture and dances they have done.
ESOL teacher Barb Drake said she had seen lots of friendships form as the children worked together.
‘‘The most wonderful thing about this is the buildup of selfesteem and self-confidence.’’
May Do from Myanmar performs a traditional KaRen dance at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School.