Kids go around the world in a day
BANORA Point's Centaur Primary School took its students, teachers and parents on a world tour today when the school's more than 500 kids dressed up in costumes of the countries of their choice and took part in a parade full of colour, music and dancing.
The school celebrated its annual multicultural day which saw students dress up in traditional costumes of countries such as India, the Philippines, Switzerland, Cambodia, Russia and Italy and perform a number of traditional dances from the different cultures involved.
Teacher Melissa Corowa said the day was the culmination of the students' efforts over the last school term during which the kids researched a country of their choice and learned all about the customs and cultures of their country.
Year 5 students Jordan Fear-Kienast and Darcy Young represented India and wore the country's traditional costume, cricket whites.
Jordan said he learned a lot about India including the fact it was big and had around 1.2 billion inhabitants.
"In India people love playing cricket but they don't like playing against Pakistan because they hate losing against them."
He was looking forward to lunchtime when the different classes set up stalls selling foods from the countries they learned about.
Parent Jodie Mayne said her two kids were participating in the parade and were dressed in costumes representing India and the Philippines.
The kids were really excited about the day and to get ready, Jodie took her kids to op-shops to find the appropriate clothing.
Year 6 students Lynette Ritchie, Samantha Ford, Leiani Morta and Monique Green studied Russia and said they'd learned the country had a space program which saw animals sent into space.
The girls said now they knew a bit more about the country they'd love to visit it one day.
They had prepared traditional Blini pancakes but were looking forward to tasting some of the offerings from other countries which included a Fijian Lovo, similar to a New Zealand Hungi involving a hole filled with rocks which are super heated and used to slowly cook meat while beneath the earth.
Sienna Quinane's Year 5 class chose to study France and Sienna dressed up as the famous mime Marcel Marceau.
"I picked the costume and face paint because it was really easy," Sienna said.
Sienna, like most kids, looked forward to the lunchtime food market and said her class had made chocolate éclairs.
The kids bought "passports" which allowed them to make four different choices and try things they had never tasted before.
It's like being on an airplane and stopping at different countries to try out their foods, Sienna said.
Teacher Ms Corowa said the school's multicultural day had taken place for at least 15 years and still attracted plenty of interest and support.