As part of their ‘Heritage, Culture and Diversity Day’ on 18th July, pupils and staff will come to school dressed in traditional clothing or colours that reflects their heritage. In lessons, the pupils will have the chance to discuss why their clothing is special to them and what it represents. By each sharing stories and experiences of their own culture, the pupils will also be able to deepen their understanding of the diverse range of traditions and customs within the school community.
As well as being a fun and exciting day for pupils, special events like this complement the excellent learning they are already doing as part of their PSHE lessons. In these lessons, pupils across the school are taught about different communities around the world and the importance of respecting all types of values and beliefs.
As part of the day’s celebrations, there will be a wide selection of traditional foods for the pupils to share. The staff and pupils are already looking forward to trying a number of these dishes and learning more about the important role that food plays in different customs around the world.
“The pupils will have a fascinating day exploring a variety of cultures and celebrating diversity through a range of activities,” explained Mr Paul Harrington, Assistant Headteacher. “The activities, which will bring the many different cultures to life, will enable the pupils to get a sense of a country’s different traditions and beliefs. We aim to develop our pupils’ understanding, acceptance and appreciation for our diverse world. The day will raise the profile of heritage, culture and diversity at Saint Paul’s and be a fabulous opportunity to celebrate these important aspects of our school.”