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 Lea and Whaea Rosie. 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 celebrate Matariki with a performance followed by a shared supper every June. Our students fill us with pride as they perform in their very smark red and black t-shirts, which carry the Taniwha design of one of our former students. It is also wonderful to see so many of our families attend and enjoy this special event.
Our annual cultural focus in Term 3 ensures each culture is celebrated with an emphasis of a particular culture each year. 2020 South East Asia, 2019 Pacific, 2018 African cultures, 2017 Indian cultures, 2016 European cultures, 2015 Cambodian cultures.