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A Truly International End of Term

27 March 2015

What a fantastic week we have had in primary and what a great way to end what has been a productive and exciting term. 

We kick started our International Week with a visiting storyteller and singer who entertained the younger students in Key Stage 1 and Early Years Cubs. The week then continued with lots of exciting class based activities aimed at increasing the children’s awareness of the cultural diversity within our own school community and in the wider world. Students have had a chance to share lots of information about their own countries including geography and famous landmarks, food and festivals, traditions and beliefs. The older students have also been considering famous people from around the globe who have had changed the world. All these activities have been designed to develop critical thinking and encourage children to creatively and confidently present their own ideas and cultures, while also considering and respecting the ideas and beliefs of others.

The days got even better when the parents started to arrive to transform the school into a gourmet banquet of delicious food from across the world. With fantastically decorated country tables and servers dressed in national costume, we were treated to the most delicious food - sweet or savoury it all looked and tasted yummy! The children (and the staff) were quite awestruck with the choice and piled their plates high with both favourite delights and also some new foods that they wanted to try. It was quite incredible that this generous banquet was set up fresh and replenished each day allowing each class access to a wonderful world of tastes and textures. HUGE thanks to all the parents who supported by preparing food and by serving on the days. Your participation and outstanding support has yet again given us a wonderful food fair experience and ensured that International Week is a firm favourite on the school calendar. Your assistance is truly valued and appreciated!

This wonderful cultural week then came to a glorious end with our International Parade when the children proudly dressed in their national costumes and paraded to their national anthems. With so many children and so many nationalities represented in our school community, the parade was quite a spectacle and a vivid reminder of how special our school is.

A busy week, following a busy term of active and deep learning. The children have worked very hard and each one has made progress in their learning and matured in their social skills. Each child has consolidated learning, experienced new things and had a challenging and exciting term. On Thursday you will have received a report on your child’s progress this term and we hope that this gives you some useful information and also next steps in learning that you can share with your child. Please ensure that you praise them for their efforts and talk over their targets ready for a positive start to Term 3. Please also arrange to see the class teacher if you have any questions or need any additional information.

I thank you all for your continued support and wish you a relaxing and enjoyable break.

- Niki Meehan, Head of Primary