Both Cultural Captains have been involved in many different groups and activities throughout their years at Hillcrest High School. Rosalie was involved in Kapa Haka in her junior years, but has been performing and advocating for the Pasifika Group since year 9, where she has been able to share and embrace her Pacific heritage with a community of people and families like her. Reian has been deeply involved in the Asian community in the school due to her growing up in China for much of her life. She is well known amongst the Asian students and this led her to becoming a Japanese ambassador in year 10 and a peer support leader for year 9s. She has been involved in organising activities as a part of the Cultural Council since year 11.
In this role we are both very passionate about supporting some of the smaller clubs and cultural groups within our school community. We hope to encourage them to run smaller events and celebrations throughout the year to showcase the diversity of our student body, and make Hillcrest High School a place where everyone feels seen and heard.
We are looking forward to running the international concert in term 2 this year, which we have just announced that will be on the 17th of May. We would love to see more Hillcrest High School students sign up and share their cultures with us on the main stage! Because Covid 19 is restricting the scope of activities, we are focusing on events which can be scaled such as Māori and Pasifika week, Language week, Mid Autumn festival, and the Cultural Awards.
Ngaa mihi nui,
Reian and Rosalie