Gordon school celebrates cultural day

National, Normal


INDEPENDENCE celebrations for Gordon Secondary School in Port Moresby ended on a high note with its cultural singsing event.
The annual event themed “Strongim Pasin Tumbuna” and celebrated every Sept 17, coincides with the independence celebrations.
The Kokofa Singsing hosted at the school’s field had 28 cultural groups from the different provinces of Papua New Guinea and the participants were students themselves.
Participants in traditional regalia had crowds cheering as they performed in front of the school principal and invited guests.
Principal Sam Lora said the event was a way of involving students to participate actively in cultural activities.
He added that it was an initiative to remind students and spectators of their cultural background and history, which they should be proud of.
Meanwhile, guest speaker and NCD education division assistant secretary Ouka Lavaki commended the school’s staff and students for organising the event.
He said PNG, being a culturally diverse nation, the show was educational as the students learned more about each other and to build respect based on the unique ways they shared. 
Meanwhile, the singsing arena was a colourful sight as dancers swayed to kundu and garamut beats to the delight of spectators.
Those who did not get enough from the Independence Day celebrations crowded the school for more entertainment by the Kokofas and looked forward for the next event next year.