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Cultural Diversity Within Ashley School

There are 175 pupils who attend Ashley School, and there are 10 cultures represented throughout Ashley school, including the following:

NZ European – 77.3%  Australian – 2.3%  British / Irish – 1.1%  Samoan – 0.6%  Japanese – 1.1%

NZ Maori – 13.1%  Other European – 1.7%  African – 1.1%  Filipino – 1.1%  Fijian – 0.6%

Most of the children at Ashley School were born in New Zealand, but some of their parents have ethnic connections which have been passed onto them.

Cultural acceptance is important within our learning community. 

Even though we have our differences, we are all human and we need to learn how to respect, and care for one another in the same way we would with our own whānau/families.

The importance of Cultural Acceptance 

Cultural acceptance is important in today’s society now more than ever. By accepting each person for who they are, and for their culture, we can make good decisions, and help stop discrimation against other religions and cultures.

It involves the ability to stand back from ourselves and become aware of our cultural values, beliefs and perceptions. 

Cultural awareness is the understanding of the differences between yourself and people from other countries or other backgrounds, especially differences in attitudes and values. 

If everyone accepted, embraced and showed respect to other cultures, then the world would be a better place. 

Kapa Haka and Cultural Festival 2019

The Kapa Haka group has practised almost every Friday, with our tutors Mātua Wiremu and Whaea Debby, who have come and taught us all our Waiata, powhiri and haka, since the beginning of the year. Some of us have also practised before and after school, memorising our parts, preparing things out of class time, and we practised until we got it perfect.

Our practices were held in the school hall, where we didn’t have much space but we made do with what we had and adapted easily to the more spacious area at the Christchurch venue, the Horncastle Arena.

A huge thank you to all of the teachers, parents, and students for everything they’ve done to help us with practice, uniforms, ironing, fitting, altering, and being our support crew.

We asked some students how they were feeling before and after the Cultural Festival  performance, this was their feedback:

Temperance – Year 8

Before the event she is excited and confident because she is improving at every practice.

She’s feeling nervous and ready to perform on Thursday, but also confident because she has done the Cultural Festival before.

Temperance thinks the practices went great because “We learnt everything piece by piece and then put everything together and put in the time, effort and energy into having an awesome performance that we’ll remember.”

After wards she felt like a lot of weight was taken off her shoulders and relaxed afterwards, because she believed that we accomplished everything that was handed to us. Temperance was proud of what we did and how it all came together.

Jorja Rose – Year 6

Before the event she’s feeling quite confident and also really nervous, but overall excited about doing her best. She is not very worried because she has performed before and still does perform a lot in front of an audience. Jorja is ready to put 110% into this performance, while VERY paranoid that she may mess up.

When we asked her how the practices went she replied, 

“Good. When we started it was easy to learn because Mātua made it straightforward to learn and had the words up on the screen and went through paragraph by paragraph…

Afterwards Jorja-Rose feels like we did really well and did Ashley school proud, and she was bold in most of our songs. Felt relieved that we didn’t mess up, that everyone participated and did their part in the show.

Our Opinion: 

The Challenge group felt very proud of what our school kapa haka crew had done because they put so much effort into the Cultural Festival, and they left everything out there, including their voices. There will be a YouTube video in week 10.