On the evening of April 4th, pupils of Glenavon School put on a Cultural Night for their families and the wider community. In spite of the large audience, which was estimated at around 1,000 people, the children performed with confidence. They had rehearsed weekly for the whole term in preparation for the show, in which every pupil at the school took part.
Families and teachers supported the students to put together a performance for their chosen cultural group, including costumes and makeup. The stage was beautifully set, bordered by decorated gazebos from which families sold cultural dishes that they had cooked themselves, giving the event an authentic market vibe.
Glenavon School parents, Jess Leslie and Ellis Thorpe, supplied professional lighting, while another parent, Jared Yearsley, edited videos captured by teacher Matt Sheaff. The videos - which can be viewed on the Glenavon School YouTube Channel - are absolutely superb, and readers are encouraged to look them up on YouTube. The videos are short, and there’s a separate video for each group’s performance.
The Cultural Night was obviously a great success, uniting the school and community while affirming cultural origins.