Kaunikuila boys in action

Rotuman students perform a Fara dance during the school's cultural night. Picture: SUPPLIED

TThe Marist Brothers High School Lambert hall was in a sea of colours last Thursday night during the schools Cultural Night.

With the theme Our Culture, Our destiny students showcased some of the traditional attires, performed Fijian meke from the three confederacies with traditional items from other races.

Marist Brother’s High School deputy principal Varasika Monua said there were eight cultural groups with each group performing three items each.

Items included traditional dances such as meke, a drama by the Kubuna Confederacy titled ‘Na i Lakovi’, display of traditional attire worn by chiefs or other warriors in the different confederacies.

Fijians of Indian descent students performed Bhangara style of dancing, Asian students played the flute with islanders displaying fusion dance that included the different islands in the South Pacific,” said Mrs Monua.

“Entertainment from the different groups captured the attention of the audience as they kept cheering from the beginning until the end of the night,” Mrs Monua said

She said the teachers felt that this was one way for the students to connect or re-connect with their roots.

“To know their identity in the midst of changes that are taking place in our society today. Even if they do not succeed academically in their
pathway toward a positive future could lie in the talents that they have” she said.

She said the cultural display enabled students to showcase their talents.

“Even some parents did not realise that their own sons could be performing like how they did on that night, they were more confident.”

This cultural concert was revived after a lapse of five years in the hope that the students will continue to learn and understand their culture.

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