We are a multicultural school made up of European, Maori, Indian, Pasifika and Asian pupils. We love the rich diversity this brings to our school. The rich diversity helps children to realise that there are many ways to achieve the things in life, that we all value. Kotahitanga , unity, is far greater than “just getting along”,more than just “tolerating others”, it is the ability to appreciate each other, embrace the rich diversity each person brings, respect and value the right of individuals to do things differently. We have many ways of embracing our cultures eg Cultural Festival, performing groups (Kapahaka, Indian Dance & Pasifika groups), whole school Marae visits and frequently share hangis together. We celebrate of special days and events such as Powhiri, Matariki and Diwali. We have meetings with respective groups of parents; Whanau Support Group, Indian Parent Group and Pasifika Group. We are a culturally inclusive school that works hard at valuing our diverse cultures and strives to bring the best out in all our pupils.
Our “Festival of Fairhaven” is a celebration of the cultures which make up Fairhaven School. It is important that we take this opportunity to celebrate their similarities and differences as this shows we not only respect each other’s culture but also value the special character each one brings to our school.