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Pupils and staff at Terrington Hall School gave a warm welcome to Fiji's High Commissioner, His Excellency Solo Mara when he attended an all-day celebration to mark the school's scholarship programme link with Fiji.
Greeted by pupils in traditional costume and garlands, His Excellency attended an assembly presentation by Year 7 on Fiji's cultural heritage during which the girls performed a hula dance and the boys the cibi (pronounced 'thimby'), Fiji's version of the New Zealand haka.
After a final rousing rendition of the Fijian national anthem, His Excellency said: 'I thank you so much for this wonderful presentation and for the hospitality shown to me and to the Fijian pupils. I cannot imagine a happier place for them to be.'
Earlier in the day exotic tropical and red berry smoothies made by the children had been on sale to raise funds for the school's charity, the Ryedale Multiple Sclerosis Society, and for the scholarship programme which brings Fijian children to the UK with a view to helping them progress through scholarships into secondary school education.
During the past term, Terrington's Year 7 pupils have raised £750 for the programme entirely through their own fundraising efforts. These included running a silent auction at the school's Spring Fair and performing as extras on a film-set.
The first scholarship recipient was former Fiji U12 captain Filimoni Savou in 2010. Savou is now contracted with the Saracens academy programme and is studying at Shiplake College, Henley. Terrington currently has two Fijian boys in Year 7, Cameron Keanurico formerly of Latter Day Saints, Nasinu, and Sakeasi Kaitoga from International School, Suva, both of whom are talented sportsmen and popular members of their year.
Terrington Headmaster Jon Glen said: 'The Fijian pupils enrich the life of this school through their sporting talents, courtesy and good humour, and by sharing their cultural heritage with us. They are a pleasure to host and a credit to their country. We look forward to welcoming many more to our school.'