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2016 International Day

June 2, 2016
By Lesley Cowie

Hagley’s bi-annual International Day was held back in April; it’s a day to share our variety of cultures with the whole school. The event did not disappoint – proving to be amazingly rich in diversity, culture and colour.

There were 22 different countries represented at International Day. Sally Pitama opened the event with a welcoming karakia followed by a performance by the Hagley Kapa Haka group. Nine classrooms opened their doors to display 30 different cultures. There was traditional cuisine, art, dance, music, tea ceremonies, coffee displays, traditional clothing, writing activities, games and even karaoke! Students from all over Hagley came to learn about how people live around the world.

Some of the highlights were watching students learn a Korean game with paper, singing together, learning about Ethiopian and Eritrean coffee-making, eating delicious food from every country, and experiencing that culture as if you were in that country. Smiling faces were seen everywhere as students mingled together in each room.

After the classroom activities were complete we had an incredible international lunch catered by the Hagley School of Cuisine. The food was delicious! Well done to Marc Alexander and his multicultural team.

The next part of the day included 12 different performances and our students all gathered in the Café to watch dancing, singing, drumming, poetry, and more.

We are all looking forward to the next International Day in 2018.

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