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School celebrates diversity

posted 9 Mar 2018, 09:24 by Tim Williams   [ updated 9 Mar 2018, 09:26 ]
The cultural diversity of students and staff at Nightingale Academy was celebrated with a day devoted to their home countries.

During every lesson on the day, there was a focus on different countries and cultures to acknowledge the many EAL – English as an additional language – students.

Students in Year 7 to 10 took part in the day, wearing traditional dress and sharing stories, music and languages from their family backgrounds.

A group of students who have been trained as interpreters gave presentations and taught their home languages to their classmates.

The day finished with a concert where parents got to enjoy seeing students sing, dance, play instruments and read their own poetry to represent the UK, France, Bulgaria, Poland, Turkey, Portugal, Italy and Greece, among others.

Dagmara Fiedler, EAL co-ordinator, said: “All students and staff really enjoyed themselves. They had a chance to show and talk about countries they are from or maybe where their parents are from. They also learnt a lot of interesting facts about other countries, while connecting it with subjects such as history and geography.”
The school, which hopes to hold regular EAL celebrations, raised £329.64 for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice from the concert.