Aloha! Velkomin! Shagatom! Shalom ! Bienvenue! Marhaban!
Does something sound similar? Yes, you got it right! WELCOME, from around the world!
This was the buzz at our Academy Campus on International Day.
Culture is a broad and complex term, and cultural identity comes from traits and values based on: ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, class, native language, geographical region, and other factors. For us, culture is much more than a study of food, fashion, folklore, festivals, and fame. We celebrate and share our diversity on a daily basis, both inside and outside of the classroom, in order to enrich the learning experience for our students and the whole school community.
RMS’ International Day is a wonderful opportunity for the school community to acknowledge and celebrate its diversity. Through food, traditions, costumes, and languages…students, parents, and teachers are reminded of the great number of commonalities and differences we have within our school, and are given an opportunity to be open-minded to others. Students are encouraged to express and share their cultural diversity through dress, cuisine, and décor, and to communicate information about their country, language, and culture particularly during this school family event.
We feel it’s very important that we not only celebrate the rich mix of nationalities that we have at the school, but also encourage the children to learn more about other cultures. From the beginning of the day, the whole school enjoys a relaxed atmosphere, with all students dressed in their ethnic attire and enjoying a festive mood. The senior students begin transforming the gym into a dining hall. A big thank you goes out to our Rowntree parents for providing such delicious food! This cultural luncheon is wholeheartedly the generous efforts of our parent body. Their contribution of an ethnic dish transforms this lunch hour into a delicious sampling of foods from many cultures! And the senior students’ duty to see that everything runs smoothly is greatly appreciated!
Tantalizing our taste buds, international gastronomy, rich, vibrant cultural attire…..International Day at Rowntree Montessori Schools is nothing short of a valuable exploration of diversity. It is great mosaic that unites us all. No matter where we are from, we are all part of one inclusive and caring school community.