Themed Week: Around the World

Last week, we explored different aspects of cultures from around the world including dance, sport, religion, food, music, film, and history. We even celebrated Chinese New Year with delicious Chinese food for lunch!

Mr Carroll started the week with an assembly on how the news from around the world gives us quite a negative opinion of life in other countries. However, if we change our outlook on the news we could actually see there is a lot of good happening around the world. Mr Carroll quoted an American Children's TV presenter called Mr Rogers who said "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Where there are helpers, there is hope. 

On that note, our activities during this themed week raised money for the Australian Red Cross, who are helping to rebuild those areas destroyed by the Australian wildfires. Miss Reid and Miss Henvey handed assembly over to the Faith In Action group, who taught us about key beliefs (and non-beliefs) from around the world. They showed that despite being the many differences between religions, they share core values such as kindness.

Students enjoyed baking classes with Ms Gulin and Mr Carroll where they created Swedish and Irish treats, learned Polish with Anna in year 10, took part in a European quiz, watched a Saudi Arabian film after school, took part in a Treasure Hunt around the school, watched foreign cartoons with Miss Henvey, enjoyed a French breakfast with Mr Carroll, built Lego with Ms Gremillet, created origami with Miss Stojanovic, took part in foreign language karaoke with Ms Tunnicliffe and Miss Reid, and the year 7 girls were given a Spanish lesson to prepare for next year where some students will start to learn another language. However, the most popular event of the week by far was the All-School Table Tennis Tournament, which was keenly refereed by Miss Belgout. After four days of intense competition, it came down to Katharine in lower sixth vs Lizzie in year 7, with Katharine winning it by a single point.

Thank you to all staff who helped run such an immense range of clubs all week and to all the girls for getting involved in the activities and supporting this themed week, making it such a huge success.

Most of all, thank you for your kindness in raising so much money for such a worthy cause!