Cultural diversity with TN Tatem family of schools
Purvis Primary School auditorium was filled to capacity as the TN Tatem Family of Schools — TN Tatem, Warwick Preschool, Paget Primary, Heron Bay Primary and Gilbert Institute — thrilled and entertained parents and friends with a breathtaking variety of singing, dancing and acting in an evening concert.
More than 100 students took part in an Annual Spring into the Arts Programme with the theme of cultural diversity.
Five-year-old Samuel Gill from Warwick Preschool opened the concert with the song Diversity Diversity.
Classmates Jayla-Pitter Mallory, Tahira Peixoto and Dimari Daniels were excited they were at the big event. “Our whole school sang I am a Promise,” said Jayla. “Then we all sang Cultural Diversity,” added Tahira and Dimari. “And we remembered all the words!”
Jennifer DeRosa Holder, principal of Warwick Pre-School was proud of all of the children.
“We have a Bright Start Programme in our preschool” said Mrs Holder. “Some of the children on stage were only three years old and they sang all the words of the songs!”
MCs for the evening were Kayla McCarthy, Malachai Santucci-Smith and Dante Sousa of TN Tatem.
“Our job was to keep everything flowing smoothly” said Dante. “We agreed that we would have to keep the audience's attention when the curtains were closed and acts were coming and going behind the curtains.
“So I told some jokes and everyone laughed! Then I told some more and they laughed even more!
“I learnt how to be an emcee when I was at Heron Bay Primary School and we had a talent show and I was an emcee,” added Dante.
“Then I was asked to be an emcee at last year's Spring into the Arts Programme at TN Tatem so I have been getting lots of experience.”
“Our Primary 6 band worked hard to prepare for the concert” said Sage Benevides.
“Our band consisted of two keyboard players, three treble recorder players, a xylophone player, a drummer and a guitarist.
“We played a piece called Rocking Around and we got lots of applause.”
“It was nice performing in front of so many people,” said Sage and Dante. “Everyone is looking forward to next year.”