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Beacon International School has a truly diverse population. Students and staff at Beacon originate from at least fifteen (15) different countries. We love to celebrate our diversity and learn about different cultures from all over the world. This makes our students appreciate that the world goes beyond what they see and experience daily. Beacon International Day is held in May each year. It is an extremely entertaining and educational experience.
Each class represents a different country on that day. Students learn as much as they can about their country and its people - their history, geography, clothing, food, practices etc. The whole school is decorated with flags, symbols and ornaments from the various countries, and everyone wears the traditional attire of the country they are representing. Students move from class to class and are treated to plays, recitals, dances etc. which students of the host class have prepared for the occasion. At lunch time, everyone has the opportunity to sample some food from the various countries. The food is laid out buffet style and we all have a great feast!
For 2017’s Beacon International Day, we explored countries represented in our school. These included Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Cambodia.
In May, 2018, our theme was “Countries along the Greenwich Meridian Line.” Nursery and Kindergarten 1 represented Togo, Kindergarten 2 and Primary 1 represented Ghana, Primary 2 and 3 students, who had been studying about desert people that term, represented Mali. Primary 4 students represented Burkina Faso, Primary 5 represented Algeria, and as several Junior High students had signed up to go on the October educational trip to the United Kingdom being organized by the school, they got to represent the UK. Years 7 and 8 represented France while Years 9 to 11 combined to represent Spain. There were marvellous displays for each country - from moped riding in Mali to Salsa and bullfighting in Spain. Junior High students also gave a presentation on the theme for the day – The Greenwich Meridian Line. Primary 5 students (Algeria) won the award for the class with the best costumes and presentation.
It is just wonderful to see all the different colours, clothing, food, music, dances, etc. from across the world, in one place and we always look forward to the next year’s event because each year’s event is an improvement of the previous year’s Beacon International Day.