The day started with a liturgy in the church with Deacon Tony embracing in his homily the story about St James the apostle beginning what we know as the anointing of the sick, after the death and resurrection of Jesus. The students sang our school song at the end of the liturgy with much gusto and a presentation of school photos were shown to the congregation.
After the liturgy, the whole school, including parents and staff, gathered for a shared morning tea. All families generously baked, or sent something delicious to share as a community. The students loved sharing in morning tea and then were ready for an energetic run around for recess.
After recess, the school were involved in creating a whole school Bunting in the school colours of red and green. The students were asked to design something to represent the school and cut it out to paste onto their individual piece of material. This Bunting will be displayed in the school in the library or Junior Learning Hub as a reminder of St James Feast Day 2014.
For lunch, the children were treated to a Hot Dog as a special gift from the P & F committee.
In the afternoon, Bollywood Dancers came to give the students a little taste of India. There was a beautifully dressed Indian dancer who showed her talents in a display of skill and artistry. She could stamp her feet to the beat of the drum with over 600 taps per minute!!!!!! The students were taught how to use their hands and feet to move in a particular direction to tell stories while dancing. A favourite dance was to the music of Jai Ho.
The man accompanying the dancer was able to play a number of Indian instruments. He could skilfully play the Sitar which is like a big guitar with 18 strings attached to it. He could bend the sound of the note using his fingers. He also played the drums called Tabla's. These were 2 drums that he played using fingers, palms of his hand and tapping in different parts of the drum for a different sound. It was fabulous music and dancing and the students really participated well.
The Bollywood dancers were an excellent finish to what was a fantastic Feast day at St James Nar Nar Goon.