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Whakapau kaha – to be better than before.


Tomorrow, we want to join together with other schools and take part in a ‘Colour Your Day’ event.  This is a call to join together as a country and show that New Zealand is a country that believes in ‘Diversity and Compassion’.  This also gives our teachers a great platform to promote these school values.  So tomorrow, we are encouraging every child to wear bright, happy coloured clothes instead of school uniform and bring a gold coin to donate to help the Muslim community in Christchurch. I am very conscious that many families may have already contributed to different funds, however, many of these gestures happen in a virtual way and children do not see the physical act of giving, so by having a coin trail activity, children can see that they also can directly reach out and help others.

Parents please note – the Canterbury Primary Principals Association has been in contact with Muslim advisors through the MOE. They have advised that the wearing of red is the least culturally appropriate colour from the perspective of the Muslim community. By wearing bright, happy colours, we will be showing our support for our Muslim communities and the people of Christchurch.

We will also observe a two minute silence tomorrow, at the time determined by the Prime Minister (which may differ from time shown below), and all funds raised will be donated towards the Christchurch Mayoral Fund called, ‘Our People, Our City’.

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