How many nationalities do you think we have represented at Kew Primary? I checked with Robin and the office staff and we came up with thirty-one:
American, Argentinian, Australian, Bosnian, Brazilian, British, Canadian, Chilean, Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Ghanaian, Greek Indian, Italian, Iranian, Iraqi, Japanese, Korean, Lebanese, Malaysian, New Zealander, Nigerian, Pakistani, Polish, Samoan, Solomon Islander, Sri Lankan, Swiss and Thai. (Let us know if we left you out).
I love the fact that my kids are hanging out every day with kids who have a connection to another part of the world; I think that’s fantastic and really important. This year the Peppercorn BBQ is celebrating this fabulous cultural diversity with a World Food and Dance Celebration! I asked Emma Moore, Angela Gill and Claire Tanner from the PTA to tell me about the event.
Claire: Last year the PTA ran a very successful end of year Peppercorn BBQ Aussie Bush Dance. All the kids got to learn some bush dancing during the day and really enjoyed dancing with parents and teachers to an Aussie bush band in the evening.
This year we thought it would be good to run an event that celebrated our cultural diversity and encouraged involvement and belonging amongst all our families at school. So the idea arose to have a World Food and Dance event as our end of year Peppercorn BBQ celebration.
One of the goals of the PTA is to engender a strong sense of community and belonging and part of that is encouraging respect and learning across cultures and that builds on the school values of our CARE program (Cooperation, Acceptance, Respect and Excellence). We also want to encourage people to have fun which happens when everyone feels welcome and able to celebrate their uniqueness.
We’re also hoping to raise some money, of course, which will go towards our cooling solutions. The first stage, which includes the junior school and performing arts room, will cost around $58,000 and so far the PTA has raised $42,000 towards the cost. School Council will also contribute and the work will begin on 7th January, 2014!
Jacqui: So what will the kids be learning during the day?
Emma: We’ve organised a dance/music incursion which includes an African drumming and dance group, Salaka, and an Indian music troupe, the Bollywood Beats. The kids will all have a turn at drumming and doing some dance routines and they’ll learn about African music and culture. Bollywood Beats will do some demonstrations with costumes and music and then give the kids lessons.
In the evening, a festival of world music and dance will be presented by Stomp Dance Company, showcasing music from around the world and incorporating dances that have been learnt during the incursion and throughout the year. Stomp will run the world music dance from 5.00 pm in the evening to truly celebrate the end of the school year.
We’re also encouraging parents to volunteer to teach their national dance in the evening, be it a bush whacker or Zorba the Greek; we’d love the children to see and experience it all. You can check out all the dance companies here: Salaka: Bollywood Beats: Stomp:.
Jacqui: Sounds great. I used to do a mean Morris dance in my youth…?! And what about the food?
Angela: There will be Indian food – organic butter chicken curry, dhal and rice – provided and prepared by Jolly and Ruby Ghuman (Grade 1) who run Fitz Curry Cafe, at 44 Johnston Street in Fitzroy. Polish sausages will be served in a bread roll with sauerkraut provided and cooked by Eva and John Tomacwicz (Prep).
We’re also hoping to provide toffee strawberry and grape skewers (Cora Pang, Grade 1), Lebkuchen (and possibly Turkish delight) (Alex St Clair, Grade 4), Pice ar y maen or Welsh cakes (Dylan Coleman, Grade 4), Koripedes or Greek shortbread biscuits (Simone Manning, Prep), gazpacho (Tania LeConte, Prep) and a Persian traditional dessert (Zohreh, Prep).
And there will also be some plain beef sausages in bread cooked by BBQ expert Chett Beavis (Grade 3) and his team of helpers.
Jacqui: That’s a huge effort. Who’s involved in the organising and do you need any more help?
Emma: We’ve got a great team who have been working really hard to make this a success. We will be needing help from the parent community and class reps will be sending around rosters so people can put their name down to help out with the various jobs. We’ll need help setting up before the event (starting at 2.00 pm) and cleaning up afterwards, and teams to help serve drinks and food.
This event will only be a success if everyone makes it a priority to come along. You can pre-book your world food on www.trybooking.com/DVMW. Hope to see you there. Friday 13th December, 5.00pm-8.00pm.
Any of the PTA organisers (below) can answer your questions or give you a job! And, don’t forget to support our sponsors.
Coordinator: Emma Moore (Grade 2 & 4) Music/Dance: Emma Moore, Tahnee Planner and Robin Grace, Bar: Rachel Naylor (Prep), Joanna Szeszycka (Grade 2 & 4) and Fiona Hollingsworth (grade 1 & 3), Food:Angela Gill (Grade 2) and Claire Tanner (Grade 2 & prep), Rosters:Emma Cooney (Grade 1 & Prep), Fiona Hollingsworth, Fairy floss etc.: Loraine Trist (Grade 4) and Belinda Holmes (Grade 4 & 2), Giving Tree:Grade 5s and Clare Connor.
Sponsors:Kew Baker’s Delight is donating bread (thanks Jeb) and Gourmet Meats, Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn is donating 500 sausages (thanks Josh and Luke).
John and Ting Zhou Ling (Grade 1) are generously donating Zilzie red and white wine (thanks, guys).