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Young people showcase city's rich diversity

Talented young people from across Wolverhampton celebrated the rich diversity of the city at a special event.

Ameela Hoang from Merridale Primary School, Jordan Klaire from Goldthorn Park Primary School, Lois Johnson from Northwood Park Primary School and Chyna Lindsay from Trinity C of E Primary School with Cllr Phil Page
Ameela Hoang, Jordan Klaire, Lois Johnson, Chyna Lindsay, Cllr Phil Page

Madison Hawley, Gursharan Basran, Ameela Hoang and Esha Birdi 9 (front) from Merridale primary School who performed “Dhandia Stick Dance”
Madison Hawley, Gursharan Basran, Ameela Hoang, Esha Birdi

Pupils from Elston Hall Primary School performing their dance routine “Our City”
Pupils from Elston Hall Primary School

Pupils from Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School performing “Celebrating with Cheerleaders”
Pupils from Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School

Performers from Bilston C of E Primary School with their piece “Soldiers Attention! Soldiers Salute”
Performers from Bilston C of E Primary School

(l-r)  Performers from schools taking part in the diversity event with Cllr Phil Page, Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills & Learning
Performers from schools taking part in the diversity event

The annual Schools Diversity Celebration, based on the theme of 'Our city, our children, our voice' was held at the Civic Hall yesterday (Thursday, 23 October).

Around 700 children and young people from 20 Wolverhampton schools took part in the celebration and gave performances in dance, drama and music.

The aim of the event was to showcase the range of cultures, languages, traditions and faiths that are found in the city.

Among the performers on the night were Wolverhampton Music School Community Brass Band, Penn Hall School, East Park Primary School, Bilston C of E Primary School, Corpus Christi Catholic Primary Academy, Tettenhall Wood School, Wednesfield High School and The Kings CE School.

The grand finale of the event saw all schools join in a performance of "Sing" by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber whilst school banners were paraded to the stage creating a colourful scene which got the audience on their feet!

Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: "This was a wonderful event that really demonstrated how diverse and multi cultural our city is.

"All the children and young people that took part worked hard on their acts and this was highlighted by the superb performances that we were all able to enjoy.

"I want to thank the pupils and their schools as well as the organisers of this event for getting together to showcase what is great about our city."

Tish Keech, who is chair of the planning group for the event, said: "Wolverhampton is known for its rich cultural diversity and this celebration was the perfect opportunity to share and celebrate that with young people and their families.

"We are thrilled with the success of the event and look forward to hosting it again next year."

  • released: Friday 24 October, 2014