Preparations are underway for Albert-Eden’s much-loved Schools Cultural Festival that will see groups from 17 schools take to the stage with cultural performances.
Owairaka District School has a long and proud association with the Albert-Eden Cultural Festival. In the early days, the festival was hosted by Owairaka and other local schools, but then as it grew too big for any one school, it moved to Rocket Park.
Last year approximately 7000 people attended over the course of the day with an additional 1000 young people attending or being involved.
“The festival is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the rich diversity which reflects our school community. This year there are eleven different cultural groups and 397 students involved, which is 76% of our school," says Owairaka District School Principal, Sheryl Fletcher.
"Something we are very proud of is that children can belong to any cultural group, and it is not uncommon for children to choose to be in a different group than the culture that they belong to.”
The festival provides an opportunity for children from local schools to shine and to develop their knowledge and skills about different cultures through language, music and dance and share this with others.
Participating students are empowered to build confidence and resilience, and to celebrate our diverse community through understanding and empathy.
The Festival is supported and funded by the Albert-Eden Local Board and delivered by the Mt Albert YMCA.
“By supporting the cultural festival, we aim to help our children grow into confident and self-assured people, as well as to develop a sense of pride in our local area,” says Albert-Eden Local Chair Board Peter Haynes.
What: Albert-Eden Schools Cultural Festival
When: Saturday, 17 November 2018, 9am-3.30pm
Where: Rocket Park, Mt. Albert