Riverdale Kindergarten’s Matariki celebration in June was so popular that they’ve had to find a new venue to hold their community events. Thanks to Awatapu College’s generous support, the kindergarten’s multicultural evening was held in the high school’s auditorium during term three.
The evening is a way to recognise and celebrate the many diverse cultures represented at the kindergarten. In preparation for the night, the children learned to sing Hammer, Hammer, Hammer, Shake, Shake, Shake song in eleven different languages, and enjoyed trying new foods such as Japanese sushi and a date dish from Iraq.
Indian, Spanish, Danish, Japanese, Tongan, Chinese, and Samoan were just some of the many different languages the children sang to their extended families. Following the song, parents in traditional dress explained to guests, in both English and their own language, more about their countries and cultures. The kindergarten children themselves wore headdresses. The 'ei were made for them by one of the kindergarten’s student teachers, who is from the Cook Islands.
To conclude the evening, everyone enjoyed shared kai which families helped to contribute towards.
In addition to Matariki celebrations and the multicultural evening, Riverdale Kindergarten’s community comes together in term four for a holiday concert. The events are a great way for everyone to spend time together, with not just parents and siblings attending, but many grandparents too.