The Cultural Active Team are committed to inclusive practice and want to ensure our students know that at Miramar Central School we embrace the importance of Cultural identity. We want our students to feel proud of their culture/s, to feel comfortable to share aspects of their cultural background and for everybody to learn more about and understand each other.
The year begins by organising the ethnic food stalls for the annual Food Fair. The support for this among our school communities is amazing, we thank everybody who contributes to this and supports the event by making and selling the large quantity of food to the big crowd who attend. This is a very special event and wonderful to see the pride on each stall sharing the food of their cultural community.
The Kapa Haka skills of our students are strengthening all the time with weekly Kapa Haka sessions for the whole school led by Whaea Fiona and Whaea Nessa. The value of this is impacting on the knowledge and expertise of our tamariki enables them to perform at many school events e.g. powhiri for farewelling and welcoming new members of staff.
We celebrated Matariki with a performance followed by a shared supper on 20 June, 2018. Once again our students filled us with pride and the audience were blown away watching the children, and some tears were shed as hearts were touched. The performers looked very smart in their red or black Kapa Haka Tshirts, which carry the Taniwha design of one of our former students. It was wonderful to see so many of our families attend and enjoy this special event.
Term 3, 2018 is very busy planning and implementing our annual Cultural Focus. This year we are learning about African Cultures and we will have a special cultural week from the 17th to the 24th of September. We are looking forward to working closely with our African families to support this focus and sharing of their knowledge and expertise. Watch out for updates of what will be happening.