Last week at West Buckland School we celebrated International Week in a myriad of ways. Our vibrant international boarding community allows us the luxury of having plenty of international influences to draw upon, making our week varied and entertaining.
We like to encourage children of different ages to spend time together, as we believe there are benefits to be had both ways. Some of our Year 8s, 9s and 10s spent time with Prep school children, making posters about their countries, and the younger pupils particularly loved learning to write their names in Chinese characters.
Our partner school in Kenya, Agoro Oyombe, linked up with us over Skype to share a musical performance. Meanwhile, primary aged children from Agoro Oyombe became pen pals with some of West Buckland’s Prep 5 children, sharing facts about their families, school and home lives.
Africa and the US were inspirations behind our dance workshop, held in conjunction with Uchenna Dance company. Our students learnt a blend of African, Contemporary, House and Waacking dance styles, and learnt the opening sequence to a new version of Hansel and Gretel, funded by Arts Council England. Waacking is a dance style originating in the 60’s in New York.
As part of Religious Studies, some Y11 students took part in a project encompassing different Islamic festivals, considering how different quotations belong to specific festivals. The information we discussed will be used to help answer GCSE questions.
International Week came hot on the heels of Chinese New Year, which we always celebrate in style at West Buckland. This also formed part of our International Dinner, where pupils from several nationalities delighted pupils and staff to dishes from their countries.
The Pre-Prep also tried Chinese food, with a bit of chopstick-wielding, noodle-whirling and much laughing. They dressed up as a traditional Chinese dragon and made lanterns to accompany the dragon on his dance. We are lucky to be surrounded by many cultures and nationalities here at West Buckland, making every day a varied and fun-filled experience.