On Friday the parents organised their annual International Day celebrations. I was in my office at 3pm, when my son (who is grade 4) came to the door in quite a high state of excitement. He was holding his 'passport' to international day, which he told me needed to be taken to all the different stands to be stamped. As soon as we stepped out onto the third floor corridor, I was immediately struck by the smell of doughnuts and the noise of people enjoying themselves.
By 3.05 pm the playground was filled with students, teachers and parents. There were stalls representing different countries and the Secondary students were very much "in the thick of it". Each of the Houses - Air, Earth, Fire and Water - had made displays built around their house vision statements, which they were proudly showing off:
Air - We all breathe the same air. Our responsibility is to build a caring and open-minded community through teamwork and communication. Respect and equality is what we want to achieve.
Earth - To protect our environment both globally and locally by honouring our planet through the responsible use of natural resources for a sustainable lifestyle.
Fire - "Die kleinsten Flammen können das größte Feuer entfachen" Fire House seeks to make a positive change in the world by raising students’ awareness of the many problems that face our society today. We aim to do this by building an inclusive community through the development of shared values and attitudes that will encourage students to achieve greater degrees of personal responsibility, purpose and engagement. Encouraging students to use their unique talents, knowledge and skills at a local and international levels to help affect the change they wish to see in the world.
Water - Water House aims to build a generous community that encourages proactive and ambitious engagement with the world and promotes an empathetic approach towards those less fortunate than us..
Our students were also providing a lot of the entertainment with some memorable performances up on the stage, as well as manning the face painting and stalls.
And of course, Mr. Saunders was happy because he never misses any opportunity to dress up!