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School mela brings community together

CULTURAL EVENT ... Nishat Islam, left, and Abgeena Nasir at the Hadrian Primary School mela.

CULTURAL EVENT ... Nishat Islam, left, and Abgeena Nasir at the Hadrian Primary School mela.

A SCHOOL in South Tyneside was transformed into an explosion of colours as youngsters took part in a cultural event.

Pupils and teachers at Hadrian Primary School in South Shields hosted their annual mela to bring local communities together.

The festival of music, dance and culture, involved an array of activities including traditional Bangladeshi games, live music, dance and the sampling of Asian foods.

There was also henna hand-painting and face-painting, as well as sideshow stalls organised by Year 6 children.

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Scott Brown, headteacher at the Baring Street school, said the mela, a Sanskrit word for gathering or fair, helps to forge strong links within the community.

He said: “It was wonderful to see all of our pupils sharing in a celebration of Asian culture.

“In a school with such a high Bangladeshi population, it is vital that our children gain a deeper understanding and insight into cultures and faiths within our community.”

The event was organised by the school and community members Abdul Muquith and Masum Chowdhury.

It was also backed by a number of organisations including Apna Ghar in Ocean Road, Crest, South Tyneside Bangladeshi Youth Organisation and Ruskim Food Supplies.

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Pic 1: Nishat Islam, Abgeena Nasir

Pic 2: Daisy Zibbens

Pic 3: Nina Robinson, Nieve Rowlands

Pic 4: Nadirah Khanam, Aisha Khanam

 

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