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The Inaugural Early Years and Infant Campus International Week

22 June 2018

All the colours of the rainbow were seen so clearly on Thursday at the Early Years and Infant Campus.  The delight on the children’s faces as they walked up onto the stage to parade in their most extraordinary national costumes and colours simply made the whole community beam with joy.

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International week finally landed on Monday this week. This very special event of the year had been long awaited by all, as the event had been moved to Term 3 to allow everyone to settle into their new learning environments and get to know one another in our new campuses. The inaugural International Week at the Early Years and Infant Campus has certainly been a magnificent success.  With the children’s learning at the heart of all the planning, classes began the week spending time in the “International Activity Experience” where activities suitable for our younger children were set up around an international theme.  Each year group carefully selected a country or theme to suit their children’s learning and shared a snippet of their week’s experience in class through the play-based activities. The experience took children on a journey from the Mekong delta to the jungle, from the ocean to hot and cold places then to India, Egypt and Japan. Year 1 also took great pleasure in hosting Year 2 during their experience, which was wonderful to see them develop relationships with their buddy classes.

Global Café was also a treat for all, where Fundinotots to Year 1 were invited to taste flavours from around the world at the Junior Campus.  Please click the link here to read more from Ms Dee about the delectable food that was sampled by our children: Global Café

Along the way children in their learning areas have been progressing and developing their understanding within the theme or country that was especially chosen for them by their teachers.  Our F1 children explored the hot and cold theme, F2 went hunting in the jungle, F3 developed their understanding of rivers from around the world finishing with a trip to Binh Quoi Village (modeling Vietnamese countryside) and our Y1 children investigated buildings and structures from different countries.

The finale of the International Week was the Parade of Nations on Thursday morning where families came together to watch the show full of dancing, singing and fantastic parades of our children in their beautifully coloured costumes from their home countries.  The breathtaking dances from the country groups, France, India, Korea, UK and Vietnam brought a real sense of global citizenship to our hearts.  We were privileged to hear the Chamber Choir sing accompanied by Ms Fran on the piano. 

I would like to thank the whole community for their involvement in this incredibly exciting and uplifting week where we have seen all countries and continents unite together as one.

Please click the link here to view the Parade of Nations at EY&I campus.

Ms Mary McAloonDeputy Head Teacher