Ngaio School values different cultures. We have a number of learning programmes and events designed to acknowledge the beauty of Asian cultures in our community.
We hold community consultation meetings once a term (Asian Partnership Meeting) to connect with the families and the students of Asian heritage.
We have a Mandarin class every Tuesday morning to learn about Chinese language and its culture. New for 2016 is a Korean Class, also on Tuesday mornings.
We celebrate different cultures during the annual International Week in September. We enjoy trying new food, costumes and cultural performances. We invite parents and experts from the community to share their cultural knowledge and experiences with us.
Some quotes from our students
“I love Mandarin because Mama and Baba is same in my language (urdu – Hindi). I also like going on different trips to learn Chinese culture.” Saad
“I enjoy learning Chinese because I’m half Chinese and I get to learn more about China. I knew little about China before.” Cameron
“I think coming to Asian Partnership Meeting is good for me and my family because we get to meet different people who speak different languages.” Saad
“I love Asian Partnership Meetings because I love pot-luck dinner! We also get to know more about Asian countries like when Alecia shared about Cambodia.” Cameron
“I wanted to join the Mandarin class because I’m part Chinese and I want to go to China when I’m older. I enjoy doing craft and cooking for learning Chinese culture.” Gabriel
“I wanted to learn Mandarin because I started learning Mandarin at my old school before I moved to Wellington. I love learning Chinese language because if I go to China one day, I will be able to speak and read Chinese.” Papatya
“I really enjoy International Day because we get to try foods from different countries and we get to learn about cultures around the world.” Orla
“I love learning about countries and their culture. I went to the Clinic for the International Day and it was cool because you could choose from a variety of cultural activities.” Zach
“Having International day is important because we learn about different countries and I enjoy trying new food and meeting new people. I really want to go to performances this year.” Angelyne
Mandarin at Ngaio School
Korean at Ngaio School
Chinese Language Week