Ashetra De Silva in Sri Lankan dress; Semiramise Felise in Samoan dress; Janis Reyes in Hawaiian dress; Pene Va in Samoan dress.

Picture: Jason Sammon

Courtesy of the Cranbourne Leader

More than 1200 students from Hampton Park Secondary College and Casey campus of Noble Park Language School celebrated their multicultural heritage last week.

The students turned out in national costumes on Thursday for an assembly featuring a cross section of performances.

Presentations ranged from didgeridoo music to Afghan and Samoan dances, African drum singers, students bands and hip-hop dancers.

Assistant principal Anne Ure said the assembly was an annual event and was timed to coincide with National Reconciliation Week.

“It provided a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their cultural heritages,” she said.

“It also gave other students in our college community here a change to learn and celebrate other cultures.”

Ms Ure said feedback from students and parents who attended was positive.

“There was a great feeling of excitement and inclusiveness from the start to finish,” she said.

“As a college, we take great pride in our individual cultural backgrounds and use this opportunity each year to celebrate through song and dance.”