What an incredible week it has been in the Primary School. The parade of nations, when all our students walked with their flag in national dress to celebrate the 25 nationalities we have in our Primary School, was a wonderful launch pad for International Week.
The children have been immersing themselves in the culture, language and traditions of their focus country this week. The smells and sounds coming from classes has been incredible; Bhutanese Chilli Cheese, Russian Borscht and Samosas to name a few. 2I went on a trip to the American Embassy and learnt about Thanksgiving traditions, Tae Kwon Do was being learned in Year 1 whilst our youngest children in F1 went to savour the tastes of Thailand with Ms. Karissa over at Almaz. The magic for us as teachers has been listening to the excitement of the children and the discoveries they have made on their learning journey this week.
Today, the children became teachers; there were visits and swaps across the Primary Phase and hosts taught the visitors about the country they have been studying this week. There were squeals of anticipation as a visiting class arrived and the children got to share their learning.
I spoke to some of our Primary students this week about why International Week is important and what they have learned:
‘I enjoyed cooking when we made gyoza and sushi, we have been studying Japan. It is important to have International Week because we are a global school,’ Sophia Y3.
Jae Eun Y3, ‘I have learnt how to write my name in Japanese characters. We need to learn about lots of countries to get to know other people.’
‘International Week is important because it is a British School in Vietnam but we can celebrate every country that is represented in our school. It is important that people don’t feel left out,’ Y An Y5.
Sean Y3, ‘I have enjoyed learning Japanese…We are an International School and it is good to know where we come from.’
‘It is important that we represent other countries so we can learn about what is happening in other countries. People get to share things about their countries. I felt happy and excited to teach others about Malaysia,’ Rinai Y5.
The children’s words sum it up perfectly and are the essence of what this special week is about. It is about getting to know each other better and to learn from each other. Kindness looks the same all over the world and if we can continue to be kind, take care of each other, and learn from each other then we will be doing a great job.
Parents, thank you for your outstanding contributions this week; the children have loved learning from you. We have had parents working in class with the children, cooking with them, preparing food for the amazing buffet today and the fabulous cultural exchange in the auditorium.
A big thank you from all our staff to our caring Vietnamese parents who brought in flowers, in addition to the incredible food in the canteen. Thank you very much – Cam on.
I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings at the International Fair and look forward to seeing you there.
Mrs Rebecca Carroll, Head of Primary