Today we celebrated International Day at Rowntree Montessori Schools. It was an exciting day where we appreciated the cultural heritage of our school community, as students and teachers dressed in attire that best represents their cultural heritage. It is important that our students are exposed to the many cultures that come together to form our school community, as it is this diverse environment that helps shape the mind of each student, while at the same time teaches tolerance and acceptance.
According to K-12 education writer Matthew Lynch, “teachers have a particular responsibility to recognize and structure their lessons to reflect student differences. This encourages students to recognize themselves and others as individuals. It also encourages the appreciation of a diverse school population, and brings a sense of connection between disparate cultural heritages within a single school’s culture.” We agree that acknowledging and teaching about the multiple cultures that make up our school community is an important part of a student’s school experience.
Students, teachers and over 100 Grandparents who visited, all had the chance to enjoy food from around the world, along with many student performances, including presentations of poems, song and dance. Older students helped younger students become familiar with the various food options, as seen in the picture below.
Many of our students gave wonderful performances in dedication to their grandparents, all the while thanking them for being an important part of the RMS family. Our senior students served drinks to grandparents, who then had the chance to enjoy a huge buffet of international cuisine prepared by our own RMS families. Left over food was packed up and delivered to a local shelter.