For the first time yesterday, 300 enthusiastic Gleniti School students participated in Race Relations Day, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The 2014 theme is "I am Aotearoa New Zealand … te ranga tahi, together we grow", and the school celebrated its diversity by getting the children to dress up in their traditional clothes.
Teacher Deborah Bruce said, "we celebrated the different races by getting the year 1 to 8 students to divide into groups and represent different countries".
Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy said the theme "explores the balance between having our own individual identities and the potential of a diverse and united collective.
It expresses that everyone here, no matter what their race or cultural background, belongs, and that there are many ways of being a New Zealander.
"If we understand and appreciate our differences we can grow together into an Aotearoa/New Zealand that is based on dignity and respect," she said.
- The Timaru Herald