Marhaba, konichiwa, anhyoung haseyo, përshëndetje, preevyjeta, chao, hello…just some of the many greetings which could be heard around the BIS corridors this week!
The International Week has been amazing this year, partly due to the involvement of our community of parents who have worked so closely with our teachers and teaching assistants. The theme of this year’s international week was ‘The Alternative Olympic Games’ – games which would never make the authentic Olympics! Parents from Poland, Russia, South Korea, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, UK, South Africa, Albania, Belgium, Kuwait, Canada and Japan have taught us first-hand how to play traditional games from their own countries. They also shared craft activities and made sure that we learned some language and facts about their culture. What an experience for our excited learners who really were enthralled by their learning this week.
The morning started over in the Early Years Centre where children visited the Kuwaiti majlis. This was the perfect area to sit and make bead bracelets whilst chatting to friends. Children could also take part in creative Korean origami; Pukpok Palayok (hitting the pot with a stick whilst blind folded) in the Philippines area; an active South African game called Jukskei and hopscotch in Albania to name just a few of the delights on offer.
At 10:30am, the fun started in the auditorium where 14 different countries were represented. Every country had its own straw hut with displays of the children’s learning. In addition, children were on hand to teach traditional games and encourage visitors to try crafts. There was something for everyone including making French berets out of fabric; taking part in an Indonesian shadow puppet show; making English paper roses and painting Aboriginal designs. Games included sjoel bak, a Belgian shuffle board game; creative obstacle course racing, organised by our Korean parents, limbo dancing from Colombia and Ohajiki, a Japanese counter throwing game. The beautiful displays at the stall celebrating Indian culture drew many of our members of staff too, as they queued for henna decoration.
All of these activities really made our community hungry so it was just as well that we had a delicious international buffet awaiting our children in the canteen. The selection of food spanned several countries and was enjoyed by all.
I would like to personally thank all the parents, many of whom worked really hard for a number of weeks to plan and make resources for today. I would also like to congratulate all those who worked tirelessly today with the prime target of working in partnership to give what many children have said was ‘the best day of the year’! Our aim was to make our international week the biggest and the best…that is just what our BIS community has achieved.
Ms Sue Hill, Head of Primary