Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Multicultural Day

Today at school we celebrated Multicultural Day. My school is quite diverse with many Islanders (Tonga, Samoa) Indian and Asian students to name a few of our bigger cultural background groups. Its a day where we can celebrate each other differences and similarities.

The day is quite a mega event - our biggest community event of the year. But it also a lot of fun for both parents, students and teachers alike. 

Each teacher chose a country and an activity that the kids would do related to that country. I chose Mexico - why? Because I thought it would be fun :) No Mexican background here. At first I thought I would make Nachos - but who wants to eat nachos at 9am? Not me! So after looking at the net, I found some great ideas and decided to make a paper bag pinata!
Welcome to Mexico (in Sydney Australia)

All I needed was a paper bag for each kid, some newspaper to stuff it, a handful of lollies and a string to hang it up! I let the kids decorate their bag and promised me not to hit the pinata at school. My activity was definitely a hit :) We also did a very 'interesting' version of a Mexican hat dance (without the hat I might add) and learned how to say hello - Hola! Each class went to two other classes to do that activity so this took up our morning session.

The starting items for the paper bag pinata
One of the finished pinatas
Lunch time was what everyone was interested in. Families bring up food to taste test. Imagine plates heaped with unusual but awesome smelling food! It is soooooo awesome, my stomach is still hurting thinking about how much I ate today. From the traditional Australian vegemite sandwich and TimTams to Indian curry puffs to Sticky Rice rolls on palm leaves it is definitely a sight to behold!I made some scones to celebrate my "English" background. Hmmm yum.

 That is my half filled plate at the bottom of the screen (and I filled it more and then went back for seconds).

After the food, there was an assembly/performance by students from our school and the local highschool. We had a Year 5 girl doing an awesome belly dance, our school dance group performing, the high school Islander boys doing some Maori dancing, the high school girls doing some Islander dancing and 6 little cuties from our school doing a Polish dance. Soooo cute.

The final thing we had running all day was a digital art show in our school hall where we had all taken photos of some art in our classrooms and it was displayed on some laptops for parents and community to look at.

Wow, congrats to you if you read my whole post. I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed eating being there.


  1. Looks like a great day! Bet it was hard to get any work out of them after that!

    Down Under Teacher

  2. What a fantastic day! A great way to celebrate our diverse backgrounds.
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  3. That look like a LOT of fun!

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    Anisa at Creative Undertakings