STUDENTS at Chester Hill North Public School showcased their talent in singing, dancing and drama last week at the Gillawarna Musical Festival at Bankstown Town Hall.
More than 70 students from the school took part in hip-hop and ballet performances, as well as New Zealand's famous war dance, the Haka, and a Bollywood inspired dance routine - East meets West.
The festival's chairwoman and Chester Hill North Public School principal Helen Colquhoun said more than eight schools in the area including Villawood North Public, Yagoona Public and Bankstown North Public school took part in this year's festival.
She said Chester Hill High School also got involved and had students performing duets and quartets.
"It's all about the kids," she said.
"It builds their confidence and it gives them the opportunity to sing, perform and display their skills in music.
"The students absolutely loved it."
She said one of the highlights of the festival was when her students performed the Indian East meets West routine.
"It was an Indian dance mixed with western dance," Ms Colquhoun said.
"The students wore these amazing traditional Indian costumes with head dresses and lots of jewellery. It was a real standout.
More than 800 students took part in the festival this year.
We would like to pay our respects and acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land and also pay respect to Elders both past and present.
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