Lessons given cultural flavour

VIDEO LESSONS at one Ipswich school were given an international flavour to promote the message of multiculturalism.

LESSONS at one Ipswich school were given an international flavour to promote the message of multiculturalism.

Ipswich's Chantry High School, in Mallard Way, staged a week dedicated to exploring the cultural differences in the Britain today.

All lessons were taught with a multi-cultural theme, educating pupils about religion, languages and ethnicities.

Assistant head teacher, Helen Thorn, said: “We're trying to make students aware of multiculturalism and the differences between people in today's mixed societies.

“We are getting students from many different cultures at the school, including people from Eastern Europe and Russia, and Ipswich is becoming much more of a multicultural place so it helps everyone feel more at home.

“It's been very exciting and the children have been brilliant.”

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The children tried a different native dish from the school canteen everyday as well as taking part in a dance workshop which incorporated Egyptian, African and Caribbean styles.

Many of the pupils also enjoyed language lessons in Chinese Mandarin as well as learning about Kosovon refugees in geography class.

There were photo exhibitions and a DJ workshop with DJ Nicky Fingers, who played music from a variety of different genres.

Year eight student, Charlie French, 12, has been learning all about Greece in his geography class.

He said: “I have learnt so much that I didn't know before.”

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