Friday, 11 March 2016

Me and My Culture (Diversity Inquiry)

This term Room 11, along with the rest of the school, will be studying culture and diversity in New Zealand.

The first stage of this Inquiry is to delve into our own cultures. Knowing that your culture is valued at school is really important at Reremoana. This week students in Room 11 were asked to bring in a special item that tells us a little bit about what makes them special. It might be to do with culture, ethnicity, family or traditions.

You can find out a little bit more information about Miss Chalmers' culture over in the "Meet Miss Chalmers" tab. 

This is a photo of me and my sister. My mum got it from South Africa. It is so special to me and I really love it. I have lots of cool teddies from South Africa too. I speak Afrikaans at home with my family. I like teaching children in Room 11 Afrikaans. 
This dress is special to me and my family. It came all the way from South Africa. My mum, my sisters and me wore it when we celebrated our names at church. I have lots of family and friends in South Africa. I was born in New Zealand but my sisters were born in South Africa. I speak Afrikaans at home but it's quite tricky!
I got my All Blacks teddy from the Warehouse. It is important to me because it's part of my culture and Matua's too. We are Maori. I was born in New Zealand. The middle teddy is from Scotland. Some people in my family and long time ago were from Scotland. My Dad was born in America. 
My Great Nana, lives in a dementia house because she has dementia. Sometimes she calls my Nanny her mother but she's actually not. Dementia is when some people forget things and when they have trouble reminding people of what they want to say. My Great Nana is so special to me. She is 89 and Maori. My Nanny (my Great Nana's daughter) teaches me a little bit of Maori. I am Scottish too. 
My mum is New Zealand pakeha and my dad is a New Zealand Maori. My mum’s family is originally from Scotland. My dad is from a tribe called Maniapoto which means I am also from Maniapoto. I want to bring my green stone to show you all. My uncle gave it to me for my 1st birthday.  It means a lot to me because it is part of my culture.
My Dad and my grandparents are from Hong Kong. I am part of Hong Kong. On Chinese New Year we get to go to the Lantern Festival dressed up in special Chinese dresses. There are fireworks on the starry night. At home me and my family speak Cantonese. 
I am British, Scottish, New Zealand, South African and Irish. I have got money from South Africa to share with the class.  

There are lots of spices in India. They are mostly good in curries and butter chicken. I brought tumeric (haldi), masala (curry power), 5 spice, and a really hot one, chilli powder (mircha) to show Room 11. I got this dress when I was just one. We had a puja which means to pray to our gods. This dress is for kids to wear when they don't want to wear the adult one. Some dresses are called saris. These are for adults. 

My culture is Chinese. I brought a photo and a few books. The photo is very special to me because it shows me in a special Chinese dress.  

I am a CODA - Child Of Deaf Adults. New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is very special to me because without it, I wouldn't be able to speak to my parents. I am holding a DVD about NZSL.  One chapter is the story "The very Hungry Caterpillar" in NZSL!


  1. I loved reading these and learning more about each of you in Room11! I am a fifth generation NZ European. My ancestors come from Scotland and England on my Mum's side, and England (I think) and Norway on my Dad's side. I am one of only two people in my family with blonde hair. I like to think this is my Norwegian roots coming through (no pun intended). Ms Fothergill.

  2. How wonderful that you had the opportunity to share all your special treasures Room 11. I can see how proud you were sharing with the class - well done!

  3. Hello Room 11
    I am a student at Auckland university of technology on the city campus. I am currently doing a paper which focuses on culture and diversity within the public education system (schools across nz) and I am please to see such representation of diversity in cultures. This has given me ideas and practical ways of addressing issues revolving around the idea of culture and diversity in schools. Keep up the good work :-)

    Kind regards
    Joe Lolo


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