The New Windsor School community came together last month in spectacular fashion to showcase the unique ethnic communities in the school, in the inaugural New Windsor Culture and Food Festival.
The event was organised by the newly formed Parent-Teacher Co-operative and supported by the school, to help build genuine community within the culturally diverse school. With English a barrier for many immigrants, the idea was for groups to form around ethnicities, with the process of planning and cooking together a point of connection, and those who spoke English well helping and translating for those who didn’t.
The model worked beautifully, and the event was a huge success. There were many performances and activities, and even dancing dragons. The food was so popular it was sold out by 2pm.
The Growing Resilient Community in New Windsor project which is funded by the Whau Local Board and delivered by Community Waitakere, also had a stand at the festival, and people were invited to share their thoughts about New Windsor. Public engagement with the project was enthusiastic, with the project team feeling encouraged by the response.
Outgoing Principal Glenn Bermingham said that although the event made a profit for the school, was not about making money; rather it was about making connections and developing school community across all the diverse cultures.
While this event was a learning experience which the school will learn and grow from, it is planned to open future events to the wider community.