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My name is Christopher Gray and my mother comes from Thailand and my father comes from Northern Ireland. I was born in Bedford in England and am English, although I can also have Irish and Thai citizenship.
I visit Thailand during the summer holidays and stay with my grandmother and grandfat her. They live on a farm in a village in Buriram which is one of the north eastern provinces of Thailand.
When my grandmother tells me to get something my Mum translates from Thai to
English, as my grandmother speaks Thai the language spoken in Thailand.
Over the last five weeks parents from our Polish community have been participating in our heritage suitcase project which is directly linked to the schools heritage bag project.
The parents worked closely with a local artist, Mrs Anne-Marie Stijelja to create their personal suitcases. They included lots of interesting memorable items such as their family trees, objects from their ancestors and lots of wonderful photos of members of their families. Over the weeks I have learnt a lot about where our families originated from and all about their culture and traditions. The history of Poland was fascinating to say the least. The parents will go on to share their findings with the children so that we can all celebrate the importance of knowing where we come from.
Over the past two years we have had the pleasure in organising whole school and individual groups heritage projects, all of which have proven to be successful. I have found these projects so intriguing and have really enjoyed learning all about the different cultures and traditions within our community. I would like to say a special thank you to one of our parents, Mrs Pupin for all her support with this project.
EAL/ Equality and Diversity Manager