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Visiting Chinese performers enthral students at Auckland schools

Visiting performers from China wowed students at three Auckland schools this week with their enthralling performances. 

Watch a video of the performers visiting Royal Oak Intermediate, Auckland

The performers were a Chinese folk band, a shadow puppet group, a saxophonist, a guitarist and an acrobat.

“The students were in awe and were totally blown away by the performances,” says Ross Devereux, principal at Royal Oak Intermediate.

“It's important for our students to be exposed to different cultures because as 21st century learners, they need to realise the world is bigger than Royal Oak or Auckland or New Zealand,” he says.

“When they see the world like that, they will be more ready to face the challenges as 21st century citizens.”

A man with three hats on his head talking to a boy, watched on by his classmates

The Foundation’s education director Jeff Johnstone says the idea behind the performers visiting schools is to get young New Zealanders learning about and gaining a greater appreciation of Asian cultures, in this case Chinese culture.

“It is important for our young people to have knowledge and understanding of Asia since New Zealand’s present and future – economically, socially and culturally, are tied with Asia,” he says.

Following their performances in Auckland, the group will be heading to Christchurch where they will visit schools this week and then perform at the Christchurch Lantern Festival this weekend..

Two men animating shadow puppets

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6 March 2018