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Wimborne's First Fiji Day

by Michael Ford last modified 04 Nov, 2015 02:26 PM

A report from St James’ CE VC First School in Gaunts Common, near Wimborne.

Wimborne's First Fiji Day

Learning to dance the Cibi

In October [2015], pupils and staff took part in their first ever Fiji Day to coincide with the anniversary of Fiji gaining independence from British rule.

This was planned and led by a Fijian family from the school, which was honoured with a visit by a village chief who happened to be visiting England.

The day started with a whole school assembly where the children - and grown-ups - had the chance to learn some facts about Fiji and see the family members dressed in traditional Fijian clothes.

Following this, the children worked in their class groups. Activities included learning Fijian words such as bula, which means ‘hello’ or ’welcome’; dancing the Cibi - the Fijian version of the Haka, pronounced ‘thimbee’; playing a traditional Fijian game; and learning a traditional song in both English and Fijian.

At lunch time, the staff members were treated to a fabulous feast, prepared in a traditional lovo, a Fijian-style barbecue which involves digging a hole in the ground, heating stones, placing the food on top and covering it all over until cooked. The food was succulent and delicious and offered a rare treat for everyone to eat together.

The afternoon learning continued along the Fijian theme with children studying Fijian artwork and creating their own designs.

Both staff and children had a fantastic day, crammed full of different learning opportunities and everyone is looking forward to the next exciting day of cultural learning. 

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