On the 27 October (2016), our whole school community came together to celebrate our very first school event, International Day. It was a wonderful celebration and an accumulation of our week’s learning about the many different countries that make up the world in which we live. It was also an opportunity for our pupils to learn about different cultures and develop an appreciation of the multicultural environment we are fortunate to enjoy at The Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar.
The pupils, staff and parents came dressed to school in a variety of national costumes and we enjoyed a colorful ‘around the world’ assembly of dance and song from our Early Years and Stage 1 pupils. Our Year 2 pupils described their home countries and provided us with some interesting information about countries as varied as Egypt, Italy, Australia, Qatar and England.
For lunch we enjoyed a magnificent International Day banquet with food from all over the world which was organised by our parent volunteers. Each food table was decorated with flags and artefacts from the various countries represented.
Our pupils had spent all week learning about their own country and the countries that their friends and teachers come from, as well as the class country that their teacher had chosen to represent this year.
During International Day all of our pupils had the opportunity to explore even more countries as they visited each other’s classrooms to explore Mexico, USA, France and Japan and collect passport stamps in their RGS passports. There was so much energy and enthusiasm in every classroom and a wonderful, broad range of learning opportunities to enjoy from making maracas in Mexico to creating beautiful cherry blossom trees in Japan.