The opening ceremony of the Multicultural Festival featured guest speakers from Parramatta Mission and Parramatta council, along with Hoorain, the Publicity Officer of our own SRC whom shared their experience with multiculturalism inherently highlighting its importance in today’s society. The ceremony also hosted student performances which included the Haka, Filipino, Hula, Tongan and K-Pop dances. These performances were well received by both staff and student bodies. Following the Opening ceremony, a Best Dressed Competition for the student body was hosted on the stage for those that attended in their cultural outfits.
The booths and events during the Festival were wholly organised and made possible by the efforts of the Multicultural Festival Committee, comprised of both SRC members as well as volunteering students. Staff of APHS also supported the event where possible upon student request. There were various stalls and booths present on the day, such as the Henna Art service and Hair Spray booth, which were both immensely popular throughout the event. A Sumo Wrestling arena (where students wore sumo suits and protective gear!) and a Piñata room was also held, which students excitedly participated in and formed crowds outside of each booth respectively. The Arthur Phillip Amazing Race was held for the second time following last year’s festival, as there was a high demand for it to return - this is most likely due to the teamwork and cooperation the game course required, deeming it a highly engaging activity for our social student body. Some teachers also jumped in on the fun, and were seen to show their inner child selves during their participation. With the assistance of the CAPA Faculty, an Art Exhibition was also held following from last year, where the works of our talented Visual Arts students were exhibited and even voted on as a competition. Finally, a photo booth was held for students to have tangible forms of their memories with their friends at the 2017 Festival.
As for catering, the festival also bolstered a vast variety of food items found in different parts of the world. The food stalls sold finger food such as fairy bread and samosas whereas our own senior student-run cafe, with some help from the TAS staff, sold plated dishes and drinks throughout the entirety of the event. The PE staffroom helped tremendously with their participation in a good ol’ sausage sizzle and in the running of the fairy floss station. Overall food, a staple of every culture, was provided to all students supplying them with sufficient energy to explore the already discussed range of activities featured in the 2017 Multicultural Festival.
To conclude, the 2nd Multicultural Festival at Arthur Phillip High ended in a big success, having grown larger in both the extent of the event as well as in student participation. As a result of the Festival, the school spirit was tremendously raised, and the proud sight of the students from all grades cooperating together to run the event indicates high expectation for next year’s continued run.
Riko Truong & Steven Chung
APHS School Captains 2017