This year's UN Day was held on a marvelous, sun-filled morning with a new format and school wide participation. In lieu of the parade the children danced down the steps to the tune of 'Happy' by Pharrell and gathered on the pitch to have one big group dance.
Our Principal Mr. Short then addressed the crowd and thanked all the parents, staff and students for their hard work in putting together such an amazing event, as the tents popped up seemingly overnight and were filled with maps, dioramas and exhibits, all giving explanations and details with little known facts about each specific country and culture. Everyone pitched in together to make this a truly international event.
After Mr. Short’s address the secondary students left the field to begin a carousel of activities for the day which included Model United Nations, MasterChef, 9 Nation States, and international activities in English, Art, Music, Science and ICT. Students also took part for the first time ever games of Kabaddi in the Cooper Hall. Kabaddi is a team-based contact sport that originated in India and the students were so enthused by this that they want it to become part of the PE curriculum. Overall, a successful day that was thoroughly enjoyed by both students and staff.
It is worth mentioning that this year's UN Day involved so much more than just countries and food as the children for the first time felt part of something. We danced with enthusiasm, we sang our hearts out to songs we all loved and in the end we visited all the wonderful tents which showcased the best of all the various countries and cultures.
All classes showed maturity in accepting the challenge for representing their given country. They learnt all about their country of choice and were very proud to construct their tent and share their knowledge with others. The children guided the parents around, explaining different facts they had learnt. The Primary School students were able to visit all the 52 tents and answer the different questions which helped them to learn something new about each country.
It was a great day, as not only did we have fun but we also learnt so many new things!