The anticipation that has existed across the school over recent weeks built to a crescendo on Friday to create a truly excellent atmosphere for our 2015 International Day.
Why does International day cause so much excitement and anticipation?
Well, partly because we arrive in school dressed differently ready to celebrate and to enjoy our home nations food, costume, flags, language and dance. Why wouldn’t that cause excitement?
The Parade of Nations reminds us all of our personal connections and links to distant communities and other parts of the globe. Imagine the rich web of community connections spreading out from the school across the globe. The final two flags that we welcomed into the Auditorium represented a recent journey I have made from Wales to Vietnam, at the end of which I have discovered this wonderful community of internationally minded staff and students that I am already so proud to be a part of.
Our opening Parade of Nations was a vivid reminder that International Day celebrates the 50 nationalities learning together here at AP2. My thanks to the flag bearers who formally opened the day but also set the scene for what was to follow.
Amongst the national flags sits our mission statement aide memoire and its backdrop of the lands represented here by the flags and wonderful costumes worn for the day. Our aide memoire describes the attributes and characteristics that we value so highly at BIS and it is what drives our very being as a school community.
Of all the elements on the aide memoire, it is the one at the very top that I believe has the most to do with International Day. It is about all of us as Global Citizens understanding one another’s’ cultures and perspectives and appreciating the differences and understanding that these too can be right. Our Parade of Nations and assembly at the start of the day provided the ideal occasion to reflect on what it means to be global citizen before moving to a rich programme of activities and events.
I extend a huge vote of thanks to all involved in making this such an excellent day, a particular thanks to the country representatives and their teams for their generosity, hard work and tremendous enthusiasm in each of our nations rooms. The cultural learning made possible in such energetic and spirited atmospheres was only bettered by the sensational food, music and dance offered to our students by these parent and staff groups. For their part, students were so enthused and open minded in their participation, a real joy to witness – well done to you all!
My thanks also to the teams of teachers and other staff teams led ably by Ms McGrath. Through their close partnership with parents they have brought about another extremely memorable International Day to the school.
Dates for the Diary:
Monday 19th October : Friday 23rd October: School closed for half term holiday
Monday 26th October: School re-opens
Thursday 29thOctober: PTG Halloween Disco
Monday 2nd to Friday 6th November: Anne Frank Exhibition, 16:00 to 19:00 Entrance free.
Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th November: Phuket 7s Football.
This has been a tremendously busy half term with so many enrichment opportunities added to a challenging academic schedule for our students and so I wish all staff and families an enjoyable and relaxing half term break.