Ask anyone at HOPAC what the best day of the year is, and inevitably they will tell you it is International Day. The excitement builds all week, as students celebrate Pamoja Week. “Pamoja” means “together” in Swahili, and Pamoja Week is essentially Spirit Week. Student council decides on themes for each day, students (and teachers) dress up, and games and costume competitions occur during break each day. Then, on Friday, it is International Day. Students, parents, and teachers come together to celebrate the diversity of cultures represented at HOPAC by dressing in native costume, parading around the assembly hall to one’s national anthem, and performing traditional songs and dances.
Because pictures speak a thousand words, here’s a glimpse of Pamoja Week and International Day at HOPAC this year:
Now do you see why these are the best days of the year??
They are just SO MUCH FUN!!!