The Cultural Iceberg
Although this week our students have thoroughly enjoyed finding out more about different countries from around the world, the International activities on the last day were most impactful. Children collected visas in their ‘International passports’ as they visited stalls exhibiting artwork, produced by their peers and representative of countries adopted by the different Year Groups. Finally, they were dazzled by a splendor of colour witnessed during the International costume parade at the end of the day. Internationalism at BVIS is not just about Food, Festivals and Flags, but using our pastoral system, we examine friendships, values, notions of ‘self’ and the many unseen elements of the cultural iceberg model.
It feels like Christmas!
Collect and exhibit the artwork created by our students this term; execute dances inspired by the children through the Juilliard Curriculum approach and intersperse this with singing and instrumental performances and you have our ‘Winter Festival’. It was a feast of creativity and a perfect way to build the children’s excitement towards the impending Christmas events. In terms of skills learnt, the children played on a vast array of musical instruments: guitars, ukuleles, toots, flutes, recorders, ocarinas, trumpets, violins, drums and of course voices. The theme of the festival was Internationalism, so in addition to Vietnamese and English, the children sang in German and Spanish too. We truly are a multilingual community!