Treasuring the languages of other cultures is a hallmark of a Palmerston North school.
Te Kura o Wairau has this week been celebrating three language weeks: Tuvaluan, Fijian and Chinese.
It is the language week for Tuvaluan and Chinese this week and next week is Fijian Language Week, but it is the school holidays so the school marked the occasion early.
There are 25 cultures at Te Kura o Wairau, including Samoa, Myanmar, Tokelau and the Cook Islands, and every one of them is celebrated.
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If one of the cultures has a language week the school raises that country’s flag and uses the language during the week.
On Friday it had a ceremony to lower the Tuvalu flag and raise the Fiji flag, then had Tuvaluan and Fijian performances. The whole school sang a waiata and teachers wore traditional Pasifika clothing.
Principal Teena ​Johnson said they were celebrating all the cultures this week and diversity.
She said the classes were immersed in the language for the week.
Talofa is hello in Tuvaluan.
There is one Tuvaluan child at the school and her mother, Ruth Alefaio, is the deputy principal. They took part in the Tuvaluan performance.
The first week of school after the holidays was Niue Language Week, which would also be celebrated.
Palmerston North MP Tangi Utikere attended the event.
He encouraged the school to continue to be proud of where it had come from and its diversity.
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