Tweed students celebrate their global heritages
HAMBOK, kutra and kimono may not be words commonly in children's vocabulary but thanks to a celebration of multiculturalism they are now.
Tweed Heads Public School students had their minds expanded after being introduced to the different cultures of the world at their Multicultural Day, held today.
The Haka was performed by students as was a choral and musical performance of Po Kare Kare Ana.
A traditional Japanese ladies dance group, a Taiko drumming group, a Maori duet and a Scottish piper all joined in the celebrations.
"It is about bringing people together and celebrating," coordinator Marilyn Coverdale said.
"We're bringing all of the cultures together with music and food."
Student Gurmanjot Singh, 7, said the morning festivities were a lot of fun.
And, as much as he loved Australia, he said he loved going back on holidays to visit his grandmother in India.
"It's very fun," he said.
Principal Jacquie McAllum said Tweed Heads Public School students represented a wide array of countries including: India, China, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Thailand, Iran, America, South America, France, the British Isles, and our own Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders cultures.
Most of the children dressed up and were able to eat some delicious treats from many countries around the world.