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Over 140 students performed at this year’s Cultural Festival. Members of the Heaton kapa haka, traditional Korean dance and West African dance troupes presented vocal and dance works. Heaton Normal Intermediate School presented an integrated performance evoking feelings of unity between cultures. The traditional Sofa dance from West Africa was vibrant and explosive celebrating the heart and courage of great warriors. The Korean flower dancers wowed the audience with a traditional dance used to entertain the royal family and guests. Heaton concluded their 13-minute performance with the kapa haka group merging together the performers with a powerful routine.
The visit from the Chita High School in Japan was a wonderful bonus for our Fusion unit. A group of 12 high school students aged 13 and 14, were welcomed to Heaton by our kapa haka group and then spent 2 hours of sharing their cultures. The Heaton students welcomed our visitors and then taught them aspects of Maori culture. The visitors were really enthusiastic to learn our haka and poi and dance and were grateful for the experience provided by our students.
Congratulations to Sam Clark, Maddie Flynn, Shincheol Hwang and Shinyeop Hwang. They worked together as a team to score the highest mark in the year 8 Cantamaths Competition in the shortest time. Thank you to Rachel Bates, our extension maths teacher, for the excellent teaching and training of the team.
Congratulations to Tyler Phipps, Max Young, Amy Lee and Jordy Peters on scoring a perfect 100 in the Cantamaths Competition. Thank you to Rachel Bates, our extension maths teacher, for her excellent teaching and training of the team.
What a fantastic turnout for the Book Fair evening, “Reading with the Stars”. Parents and students enjoyed book browsing, listening to Heaton musicians and light refreshments. As students arrived, they received a golden ticket. Our special guest star, Logan van Beek drew 3 lucky numbers for $15 Merivale Paper Plus vouchers. Lucky numbers still to be claimed are 63 and 73.
The amount spent, by the end of the evening of nearly $3500, was well above expectations and has set us well on the road to our Book Fair goal of $6 000. If we reach our goal, we will receive from Scholastic $2 000 worth of books which will make a significant contribution to our LRC library collection.
A big thank you goes to all parents and students who have purchased books to date. A reminder the Book Fair continues till 1.30pm, Friday 15 August. Many thanks also to the PTA who have supported us throughout the week and took care of the evening’s catering.
To ignite our Term 3 Inquiry “Fusion” we held a Cultural Day on 1st August. Students dressed in a huge variety of costumes as we celebrated our rich cultural diversity. The aim of the inquiry is: to develop an understanding of how the values and key beliefs of a culture are reflected and sustained through their arts, language, traditions, festivals, food etc. and that all cultures have their similarities and differences. Through this understanding, students will further develop empathy, respect and value not only their own heritage but also those of others and discover what is our “kiwi culture.”
The culmination of our inquiry is the production “FUSION” which is running in week 10 of this term from the 22nd -24th September.