On Thursday 17th October our whole school community came together to celebrate International Day. It was a wonderful event as we helped our pupils gain an understanding of the many different countries that make up the world in which we live. It was also an opportunity for pupils to learn about, and appreciate the cultures of families who make up the multicultural community at the RGS.
The day started with pupils, staff members and some parents arriving at school in national costume. We enjoyed a colourful assembly which was led by Farris and Sondos, our Head Boy and Girl respectively, and included wonderful performances from pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 and our music ECAs. A number of pupils took to the stage to tell us about their home countries and we heard a wonderful poem about the UK read by pupils in Year 2 and 3. Thank you to all the pupils who performed in assembly, and to Miss Martindale and Mr. Woodhouse for supporting the pupils to prepare the musical pieces.
In the week prior to International Day, pupils had spent time learning about the countries that their friends and teachers come from, as well as the country that their teacher had chosen to represent this year. During International Day they had the opportunity to explore even more countries as they visited far flung destinations such as China, Brazil, India and many more. At each country the pupils took part in some great activities and collected passport stamps in their RGS passports!
One of the highlights of International Day is always the International Day Lunch which is organised by parent volunteers. This year was the best so far as parents made a fantastic effort providing food from different countries for our pupils to share, and also decorating their tables with flags, maps, signs and souvenirs from their chosen country. The food was delicious and I am looking forward to next year already!
I am sure everyone will agree that the day was a great success and one that was not only enjoyable for our whole school community, but also hugely beneficial for our pupils. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many parents who got so involved with the festivities.