This week we held our very first Culture Day here at college
Students were invited to come to college in cultural dress and bring in flags, share stories about their heritage and celebrate all our different cultures.
The canteen put on a selection of foods from different countries and the students also brought in traditional foods and held a market at break and lunch time.
There was traditional dances with music from around the world and the students encouraged their friends and peers to join in and learn the moves!
We had henna tattoos and face painting, live music, guided meditation, historical talks and even a selfie board with the old fashioned polaroid pictures.
We also had some help from our friends including Kirkleatham Museum who came with some ancient artefacts to talk about, the Wildlife Trust, Hart Gables LGBT service, TNT Fitness and Occasionally Everything who came to showcase dresses for the graduation ball. All this accompanied by cultural music on the sound system all day long!
Emma Watson-Keen, our Enrichment Coordinator and organiser of the event said “Culture Day was a huge success, there was a real energy and buzz around the college. It was great to see so many students engaging with the celebrations, whether it was wearing their cultural clothes, tasting new foods from different cultures, listening to music, dancing, singing or asking questions to gain a better understanding of the different cultures we have in the college. To see the students smiling, laughing and having a great day was a wonderful feeling.”
The students thoroughly embraced the day, Katie & Tia said “We both loved the day, it was a great experience and we both gained a better understanding of different cultures.”
Sarah said “I really enjoyed culture day because I got to share my culture’s food with other people and tried different foods myself. I would love to see this happen again next year.”
Anna said “It gave a sense of community and a chance to learn about different cultures. I really enjoyed the day”.
Sabeeh said “The day had a great energy and the whole college showed respect to all cultures.”
The students were so impressed with it that they’ve already started planning their next event!