St Joseph’s School in Dargaville held a Cultural Day last week to celebrate the many ethnicities the school community represents.
During term one the school chose to study ‘culture’ as a topic of enquiry, ending with a mufti cultural day and shared lunch.
Teacher Carla Hill said it was a celebration of the multicultural pupils including Filipino, Samoan, Italian and Tongan nationalities in their school.
“It’s about realising where we all come from and the kids being able to identify with the different nationalities.
“It’s also in line with our school charisma, which is really important.” Children dressed up in a range of ethnic costumes and started off the day with a mass before a parade, with each classroom showcasing their cultural attire.
The lunchtime spread involved exotic food with pizzas, hangi and chop suey on offer.
“It’s about respect and knowing that we all have our unique languages and backgrounds that makes us who we are,” said Carla.
“For the kids it’s learning to show acknowledgement and appreciation for one another within our community.”