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Schools today are more diverse than ever. Different backgrounds, cultures, and religions are interwoven into our classrooms. Schools have more of a responsibility to make everyone feel welcomed. Here at Goldington Green Academy we value and respect all pupils and work hard to make sure that all of our pupils feel accepted. We take every opportunity possible to celebrate the cultural diversity within our school community. Our pupils also get an opportunity to explore their individual heritage through the use of our Heritage Bag project. Across the school you will find evidence of the appreciation we hold for cultural diversity from our wonderful displays from around the world. We feel that it is so important that the environment reflects who we are and that there is instantly a sense of belonging for our pupils and their families.
During our recent Multi- cultural week 2018 celebration the children explored different cultures and customs through various art forms. We feel very fortunate to have these opportunities and relish in the new knowledge we gain, staff and children alike. This year was no exception with the high quality of artist we employed to deliver a creative enriched week for our pupils. This included, Bollywood, African Caribbean, Soca and Samba dancing. The children composed and performed American Rap and traditional Caribbean music. The Zulus launched the week with their infectious dance and singing performance. Children from year 4 and 5 created Native American totem poles, Mayan mask and African Lion heads.
On the 22nd June we will be holding our first Cultural Day whereby children, staff and parents will be invited to participate in the celebration. More information will be supplied nearer the time.
Please view our Multi-cultural week gallery to get a better idea of the celebration.
The start of this half term has been super exciting as we once again celebrate our annual Multicultural Week. We kick started the week with the Mighty Zulu Nation visiting on Monday. They delivered workshops for the whole school and as always delivered wonderful performances of their infectious singing and dancing.
On Tuesday Year 4 took part in Parkour Workshops and were amazed by their acrobatics and free running. Year 2 enjoyed Chinese ribbon dance workshops and Calligraphy workshops, while Year 1 explored Antarctica by sculpturing penguins using clay. Also on Tuesday our youngest children (Acorns, Pre School and Reception Year) were involved in Indian Dance workshops, while Year 5 children had a taste of the Mayan and Mexican culture having an in depth overview of the ‘Day of the Dead’ celebrations. Finally on Tuesday Year 3 enjoyed Polish Folklore Art workshops.
Moving onto Wednesday, we had traditional Bollywood dance workshops, global storytelling and street dance workshops. Thursday saw South American salsa dancing, African animal art workshops, songs of Africa and talks on the Ghanaian Rights of Passage.
On Friday we enjoyed traditional Caribbean steel pan workshops delivered by the internationally acclaimed artist Wade Austin and it was party time with Caribbean and Soca dance carnival workshops. The Mayans featured again on Friday, this time through clay art workshops, and finally we enjoyed poetic rap and storytelling by renowned rap artist Rob Bradley.
We would like to say a massive thank you to all of our parents who supported our fund raising event for Ghana on Friday. We raised £108 from the ‘costumes around the world’ dressing up day. Thank you for all your efforts in making the costumes and dressing your children so creatively.
Also thank you and well done to Year 3 who raised £157 for Ghana, by selling cakes, donated by Year 3 parents on their cake stall after school on Friday. Lastly, thank you to those of you who were able to join us in our first ‘Showcasing Community Visit’ we hope you enjoyed your time in school.