Classroom doors at Wairarapa College took on many different cultural flavours last week. The college’s Cultural Council held a Cultural Diversity week which included group classes decorating their doors based on different countries and lunchtime concerts in the college hall.

Year 10 student Molly Donald was behind the idea of a competition that involved decorating doors. With the help of a fellow group class member, Year 12 Olivia Gardiner, Molly organised individual design packs and a country for each group class and at an assembly outlined the rules which included using at least one thing from the pack.

The students saw the competition as a way for New Zealand students to find things out about other cultures they would not already know. The resulting door decorations were colourful and varied and after Molly and Olivia had judged them England was the winner, India second, Egypt third and the People’s Choice Award for Most Interactive was Portugal. Molly says students not only used materials from the pack but collated lots of different resources after researching the country.

The students were pleased with the cultural diversity of the activity and are keen to do it again next year to build on this year’s success.