School cel­e­brates cul­tures

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - KAROLINE TUCKEY

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.’’

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

May Do from Myan­mar per­forms a tra­di­tional KaRen dance at Palmer­ston North In­ter­me­di­ate Nor­mal School.

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