In the last week of the first half of this term, our primary students participated in an International Week. This extra special International Week, replacing our residential trips week for 2020/21, had children engaged in a wide variety of international activities led by a multitude of external visiting experts, parents from our community, and our teachers and teaching assistants.
Children had the opportunity to take part in an enormous variety of activities. Year 1 students learned about different European countries through unique stories and songs. Year 2 students explored Australia with camping and baking activities. Year 3 student explored the environmental situation in Africa and launched the campaign "Exchange paper for trees". The older students enjoyed a number of activities including: HipHop dancing, Aikido, Kendo, Japanese traditional dancing, Thai, Korean and American cooking, bamboo weaving, Zo paper making, tie dying, creating their own costumes, visiting the Arctic, creating an igloo, modelling the International Space Station and many more valuable experiences.
All of these activities not only increased our students’ awareness of other cultures and countries but also allowed our students to develop their soft skills (personal goals) including, but not restricted to, collaboration, communication and teamwork.
It was a fabulous week, allowing our students to experience continued learning outside the normal classroom environment and routines. Importantly, it allowed them to develop and practise using personal qualities that will be expected of them in the future workplace.
This International Week is a testament to our teachers', students’ and communities’ efforts in overcoming the challenges that Covid-19 continues to pose. With everyone’s collective efforts our children’s learning, that would normally have been taking place on residential trips, has continued seamlessly and with great success.