Our St James Rangatahi Kohanga program finally had their Cultural night concert last night which went spectacularly!
There were 50 performers including 42 rangatahi, 3 staff from Emergency Relief Services with Wesley Mission Brisbane and 5 Te Kohanga ote whenua hou team members. Our rangatahi were awesome. The ropu was not only the largest ropu present, but also highly diverse with many cultures and ethnic groups represented.
Rangatahi came from African, Aboriginal, Danish, Indian, Chinese, Sri Lankan/Japanese, Filipino and Australian backgrounds as well as Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Cook Island, Tokelaun and of course Maori backgrounds. That’s 13 cultural groups represented in our ropu!
The participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with other ethnic students – whilst commonplace within our organisation – is not so common within other ethnic groups. It’s a good example of the inclusion of both St James and Te Kohanga ote whenua hou in creating spaces for culturally safe and diverse activities where all are welcome and included!
Our partners from Emergency Relief Services with Wesley Mission Brisbane in Fortitude Valley also performed.
Thanks to Wesley Mission Brisbane staff who supported our kaupapa and gave up their lunchtime and after school time each week to come along and learn with students.
Thanks also to Oz Harvest and Wesley Mission Brisbane who gave kai for all students on Friday evening as they prepared for the performance. There were over 100 students who received healthy kai as a result of this awesome donation, so a big thanks to the team from Oz Harvest for making it possible. And it helped all young people prepare for their big performance!
Our rangatahi performance was not only outstanding; it also raised the roof! From our speakers who introduced each item and their pepeha; to our waiata a ringa; poi; haka and whakawatea – he tino reka nga waiata me nga korero pai hoki…….. Well done to everyone who joined in on this night. And thanks to our kohanga team and St James staff who did a great job of organising, orchestrating and coordinating the night.