Pupils go around the world in a day

Pupils explored the world from their classroom as part of the first South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust Multicultural Day.

They took a journey across dozens of countries including Italy, India, Egypt, Lithuania, Nigeria, Japan and Afghanistan.

The children selected the countries to learn more about the heritage and culture of pupils and their families who are now part of the school.

Children at Chetwynde, Ormsgill, Vickerstown, South Walney Juniors, Cambridge and Newbarns schools all took part in the event along with Ramsden Infant School which enjoyed a week-long celebration of the school’s diversity.

They enjoyed traditional dances, international cuisine, learnt greetings in different languages and took part in crafts linked to the countries.

Pupils at Ormsgill had their passport stamped in each country, those at Newbarns opted to celebrate the culture of Ukraine dressing in yellow and blue while South Walney Juniors took a trip to Japan.

Headteacher of Newbarns Primary and Nursery School Gary Birkett said it had been a brilliant day with visitors who taught Ukrainian games, music and songs.

“Pupils made paper dolls, created paintings and tried different foods from Ukraine and we ended the day with a special assembly.

“We chose to celebrate Ukraine because we are fortunate to have people who come from Ukraine in our school.

“We also recognised and celebrated the fact we have children and staff from The Philippines, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria and other countries, who all add to our proud British culture,” he said.

The event was organised by members of the Trust’s modern foreign languages network group to promote a love of languages.

Ormsgill Primary and Nursery School Assistant Headteacher Jessica Corless, who is part of the group, said the event had been a huge success.

“The children whose country was represented felt very special and were very excited and proud for their friends to learn about their country,” she said. “Overall, there was a wonderful atmosphere around the schools with the sights, sounds and smells of so many countries conveyed in such an engaging way to our pupils. We hope it will now become an annual event.”

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