Culture Week 2017
As expected, we were over the moon to be elected Head Boys and Head Girls. But with great power comes great responsibility, and now we had a title to live up to. We knew that our first project had to include everyone, and therefore had to be fun – and so Culture Week was born. Our fundamental aim was to celebrate the diversity within our school, whilst also educating everyone about various cultures.
Through weeks of planning, meetings, chasing teachers, chasing students and running assemblies, our plan slowly began to come to life. Names came flooding in, with so many teachers and students wanting to celebrate and show off their culture. This meant that we had to decide exactly what this week would entail, and how the practicalities would play out. From Monday to Friday, form groups were shown an educational presentation on the culture of the day, with corresponding food being served in the canteen. This, however, paled in comparison to the big day – Friday.
Here, our Culture Festival came to life. Our sports hall was converted into a cultural exhibition, with students and teachers running stands presenting countries from all over the world. Along with music, food and artefacts, the room felt more like a carnival than a home to exams and PE lessons. The bright colours, enticing smells and combination of excited voices and international music made it a day to remember! In addition to this, we had further activities dotted around the school – from arts and crafts to an African drumming workshop and cultural sporting fiesta; there was no shortage of things to do.
We would like to thank every single teacher and student who got involved – your contribution was immeasurable and we could not have done it without you!
Michelle Grace, Charlotte Jackson, Darrel Njogu and Morgan Beale