Wycliffe is a global community with pupils from over 30 nationalities. So, International Week is a pivotal celebration for our pupils.
The week started with a visit from Reitaku High School in Chiba, Tokyo, Japan. The pupils gave presentations to our Year 9-13 pupils who study Japanese about their school and its culture. They sang a beautiful song, performed a play about the Japanese Zodiac signs and demonstrated Japanese games. We are very proud to teach Japanese at the College and to be able to welcome the pupils from Japan.
An International Fair in the middle of the week provided a superb showcase by pupils and staff who shared their country’s culture. They dressed in traditional wear, made popular food in their own country, and proudly did a range of activities and demonstrations to help each other learn more about their culture. It was great fun.
We tasted food inspired from around the globe this week, with pupils also sharing recipes that they enjoy in their home country. This has been a real highlight of the week, as themed food was enjoyed in each house and the main Dining Hall at lunchtime and in the evening.
Haywardsend had Swedish Fika (afternoon tea). They had Jordgubbstrata – a strawberry cake which is popular in Sweden and also sampled cream tea when ‘visiting’ Cornwall for St Piran’s Day.
Haywardsfield ended the week in ‘American’, enjoying hotdogs, milkshakes and coke floats. They have also ‘visited’ Mexico, enjoyed churros from Spain, Chinese and French cuisine and, a little closer to home, Welsh Cakes to celebrate St David’s Day earlier in the week.
Robinson House enjoyed a karaoke evening fuelled by food inspired by France, Italy, and South Asia. Loosley Halls ended International Week with a pupil treating the house to Japanese cuisine, with the miso dish being a firm favourite.
Lampeter House educated each other in ‘pancake cultures’. There were some exciting combinations shared, including sweet and savoury.
Pupils have covered the language theme with an accent quiz, where pupils listened to excerpts of spoken English from around the world and tried to identify content and origin.
Our Library had a variety of books promoted to pupils by authors from across the world.
Celebrating culture and diversity is crucial to us all. Wycliffe has a beautiful global community where we all learn from