Into Week 8, the penultimate week of this first half-term, and it is now not long to go until this year’s High School International Day, taking place on Friday 19th October, and then half-term.
Our October Monthly Theme reflects this, and we are all looking forward to this year’s Flag Parades, with two separate High School International Day Assemblies taking place this year.
After two years with students working in House groups across Year Groups, this year we are doing something different, with each Year Group working together and focusing their activities for the day on a different continent.
Year 7 have the theme of Africa and have been been able to choose from nine different activities including African instrument design and performance, making Ghanaian masks, African dance and much more. The whole of Year 7 will also perform a musical piece during break.
Year 8 will be focusing on Europe, with activities based on different European countries, including an English penalty shoot-out, Italian pasta architecture, a Greek mini-Olympics and Latin dance from Spain and Portugal.
Year 9 have adopted South America and will be learning about street art in the favelas, Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations, Carnival masks, hunting in the Amazon Rainforest, and the cuisine, music and dance, and sporting pedigree of South America.
Year 10 are based closer to home in Asia, learning more about the many diverse cultures, crafts, games and music that illuminate this beautiful continent through activities such as Origami, Thai Dancing, Calligraphy, Kabbadi, Mahjong, Chinese Chess and Rangoli pattern making.
Year 11 are celebrating the countries and cultures of Oceania, with a wide range of different activities, including Aussie Rules football, Aboriginal Art, the Haka, didgeridoos and rain sticks, a wide variety of traditional clothing, creating a wildlife documentary or tourism video and debates about big issues confronting the Oceania region.
Years 12 and 13 get two continents - North America and Antarctica - with students choosing to plan a Mexico City to Anchorage road trip, contribute to a North American cookbook, take part in a Model United Nations (MUN) debate on the exploitation of Antarctica’s resources or take part in a 48-hour Antarctica Film Festival.