Grange Primary School holds international day celebration

School holds international day celebration

School holds international day celebration

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Pupils, parents and teachers worked together on a day to celebrate the many cultures that make up their school.

Every year group at Grange Primary School, in Welbeck Road, South Harrow, enjoyed the all-day international event.

During the day children came to school dressed in the traditional dress from their cultural background and learned about different countries throughout the day.

After school members of the school’s PTA and other parents were invited to bring traditional food for an international after school fair.

Teacher Rosanna Wall, who helped organise the lessons, said: “I think the children have really enjoyed the day and learnt a lot about the background of their friends.

“The parents have been great and came in to teach some of the classes different languages.

“It’s been a great day for the whole school to come together and celebrate the different cultures of the pupils.”

The school children learnt about a wide range of countries including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Japan, Spain, Poland, Brazil and Somalia.

The school’s PTA chairman Dr Madiha Jawad said: “The whole idea for the international day came from a conversation I had with the headteacher who told me there were 42 languages spoken at the school.

“It all grew from there. We wanted to bring all the different cultures of the school together to celebrate its diversity.

“It’s been a great day and we have had fantastic support from all the parents. Its fantastic to see the whole school community celebrating together.”

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3:02pm Thu 22 May 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

This is precisely the kind of thing which will help bring down barriers and help members of the "international family" learn to get on with each other very normally,without prejudice and hidden hatred which stems from ignorance.These innocent minds are simply enjoying being with their friends.The picture says it all.Almost like a Mini UN gathering of tiny tots!

Full marks to the school and to all those who organised this.It's what should be part of the annual events programme for all our schools.Parents will also benefit hugely as will the community at large.Well done Grange Primary School!
This is precisely the kind of thing which will help bring down barriers and help members of the "international family" learn to get on with each other very normally,without prejudice and hidden hatred which stems from ignorance.These innocent minds are simply enjoying being with their friends.The picture says it all.Almost like a Mini UN gathering of tiny tots! Full marks to the school and to all those who organised this.It's what should be part of the annual events programme for all our schools.Parents will also benefit hugely as will the community at large.Well done Grange Primary School! Sonoo Malkani
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11:14am Sat 24 May 14

DJFearRoss says...

It doesn't bring down barriers. What it tells the parents is that they and their children have to make zero effort to integrate into society. These children already know what is traditional dress/cultures by the volume of their parents that still wear such clothes.

To make sure we are all one community, we need to find a common culture and value which all can share in, which is the values this country stands for. Don't you think the minority group, i.e the white English kids would have felt very left out? or doesn't that matter anymore.

There maybe 42 languages spoken but I can assure you with about 90% of those, it's Urdu.
It doesn't bring down barriers. What it tells the parents is that they and their children have to make zero effort to integrate into society. These children already know what is traditional dress/cultures by the volume of their parents that still wear such clothes. To make sure we are all one community, we need to find a common culture and value which all can share in, which is the values this country stands for. Don't you think the minority group, i.e the white English kids would have felt very left out? or doesn't that matter anymore. There maybe 42 languages spoken but I can assure you with about 90% of those, it's Urdu. DJFearRoss
  • Score: 2

11:02pm Tue 27 May 14

diligaf says...

DJ Fear Ross well said :) Bravo we are the minority now i was going to say whats wrong with this picture? count the English kid!
DJ Fear Ross well said :) Bravo we are the minority now i was going to say whats wrong with this picture? count the English kid! diligaf
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1:45pm Wed 28 May 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

This is a very narrow and sad way of looking at things.The English kids do not have chip on their a shoulder and love mingling with kids from EVERY culture.They experiment with dresses and foods and all sorts and have a natural curiosity,free from polluted ,pre-conceived,ideas and prejudiced minds. Their minds are innocent and free from discrimination of any sort.Leave them alone Please don't plant the seeds of hatred and divisiveness in their tender minds.

It's adults who work on them endlessly and taint their souls,filling them with negative images, so that they are made to feel "less" or a "minority".They are in fact very privileged to be first class citizens in their own country and have the advantages which ethnic minorities do not automatically enjoy---such as being abused for their skin colour,dress,languag
e or whatever.

Time to wake up and smell the coffee.The world is a global village .It's s how well we learn to get on with all its inhabitants which will determine our future success and happiness.

I bet you did not feel the same way when all our ethnic groups for many,many years formed the minority.Of course,when it comes to integration,might I remind you that the British people who colonised the world NEVER mixed with anybody nor gave up their identity,dress or traditions.Why should they?If it was fine for them,then equally this is fine for the rest of us,thank you!No double standards.

Recognise the population of the whole country is evolving and none can stop that.Best to have a positive attitude and learn the best from each culture.

Live and let live!
This is a very narrow and sad way of looking at things.The English kids do not have chip on their a shoulder and love mingling with kids from EVERY culture.They experiment with dresses and foods and all sorts and have a natural curiosity,free from polluted ,pre-conceived,ideas and prejudiced minds. Their minds are innocent and free from discrimination of any sort.Leave them alone Please don't plant the seeds of hatred and divisiveness in their tender minds. It's adults who work on them endlessly and taint their souls,filling them with negative images, so that they are made to feel "less" or a "minority".They are in fact very privileged to be first class citizens in their own country and have the advantages which ethnic minorities do not automatically enjoy---such as being abused for their skin colour,dress,languag e or whatever. Time to wake up and smell the coffee.The world is a global village .It's s how well we learn to get on with all its inhabitants which will determine our future success and happiness. I bet you did not feel the same way when all our ethnic groups for many,many years formed the minority.Of course,when it comes to integration,might I remind you that the British people who colonised the world NEVER mixed with anybody nor gave up their identity,dress or traditions.Why should they?If it was fine for them,then equally this is fine for the rest of us,thank you!No double standards. Recognise the population of the whole country is evolving and none can stop that.Best to have a positive attitude and learn the best from each culture. Live and let live! Sonoo Malkani
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1:45pm Wed 28 May 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

This is a very narrow and sad way of looking at things.The English kids do not have chip on their a shoulder and love mingling with kids from EVERY culture.They experiment with dresses and foods and all sorts and have a natural curiosity,free from polluted ,pre-conceived,ideas and prejudiced minds. Their minds are innocent and free from discrimination of any sort.Leave them alone Please don't plant the seeds of hatred and divisiveness in their tender minds.

It's adults who work on them endlessly and taint their souls,filling them with negative images, so that they are made to feel "less" or a "minority".They are in fact very privileged to be first class citizens in their own country and have the advantages which ethnic minorities do not automatically enjoy---such as being abused for their skin colour,dress,languag
e or whatever.

Time to wake up and smell the coffee.The world is a global village .It's s how well we learn to get on with all its inhabitants which will determine our future success and happiness.

I bet you did not feel the same way when all our ethnic groups for many,many years formed the minority.Of course,when it comes to integration,might I remind you that the British people who colonised the world NEVER mixed with anybody nor gave up their identity,dress or traditions.Why should they?If it was fine for them,then equally this is fine for the rest of us,thank you!No double standards.

Recognise the population of the whole country is evolving and none can stop that.Best to have a positive attitude and learn the best from each culture.

Live and let live!
This is a very narrow and sad way of looking at things.The English kids do not have chip on their a shoulder and love mingling with kids from EVERY culture.They experiment with dresses and foods and all sorts and have a natural curiosity,free from polluted ,pre-conceived,ideas and prejudiced minds. Their minds are innocent and free from discrimination of any sort.Leave them alone Please don't plant the seeds of hatred and divisiveness in their tender minds. It's adults who work on them endlessly and taint their souls,filling them with negative images, so that they are made to feel "less" or a "minority".They are in fact very privileged to be first class citizens in their own country and have the advantages which ethnic minorities do not automatically enjoy---such as being abused for their skin colour,dress,languag e or whatever. Time to wake up and smell the coffee.The world is a global village .It's s how well we learn to get on with all its inhabitants which will determine our future success and happiness. I bet you did not feel the same way when all our ethnic groups for many,many years formed the minority.Of course,when it comes to integration,might I remind you that the British people who colonised the world NEVER mixed with anybody nor gave up their identity,dress or traditions.Why should they?If it was fine for them,then equally this is fine for the rest of us,thank you!No double standards. Recognise the population of the whole country is evolving and none can stop that.Best to have a positive attitude and learn the best from each culture. Live and let live! Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -2

10:44am Thu 29 May 14

DJFearRoss says...

Sonoo Malkani wrote:
This is precisely the kind of thing which will help bring down barriers and help members of the "international family" learn to get on with each other very normally,without prejudice and hidden hatred which stems from ignorance.These innocent minds are simply enjoying being with their friends.The picture says it all.Almost like a Mini UN gathering of tiny tots!

Full marks to the school and to all those who organised this.It's what should be part of the annual events programme for all our schools.Parents will also benefit hugely as will the community at large.Well done Grange Primary School!
"Of course,when it comes to integration... If it was fine for them (British Empire) ,then equally this is fine for the rest of us"

We don't under a British Empire, where have you been living?

When people travel to another country, it is common courtesy to adapt and make an effort to fit in, this is being tolerant of the culture and way of life that is there already. Tolerance works both ways.

We need to educate these children on the values THIS country stands for, so they can be proud to call themselves British, unlike yourself who is only willing to focus negatives historical aspects, to ensure segregation of communities continues.

Many of these people come from countries like Pakistan where minority groups are treated as 2nd class citizens. Countries where other religions barely make 1-2% and the number are falling. Where freedom is severely limited and just culture or differences can result in you living an oppressed life.
[quote][p][bold]Sonoo Malkani[/bold] wrote: This is precisely the kind of thing which will help bring down barriers and help members of the "international family" learn to get on with each other very normally,without prejudice and hidden hatred which stems from ignorance.These innocent minds are simply enjoying being with their friends.The picture says it all.Almost like a Mini UN gathering of tiny tots! Full marks to the school and to all those who organised this.It's what should be part of the annual events programme for all our schools.Parents will also benefit hugely as will the community at large.Well done Grange Primary School![/p][/quote]"Of course,when it comes to integration... If it was fine for them (British Empire) ,then equally this is fine for the rest of us" We don't under a British Empire, where have you been living? When people travel to another country, it is common courtesy to adapt and make an effort to fit in, this is being tolerant of the culture and way of life that is there already. Tolerance works both ways. We need to educate these children on the values THIS country stands for, so they can be proud to call themselves British, unlike yourself who is only willing to focus negatives historical aspects, to ensure segregation of communities continues. Many of these people come from countries like Pakistan where minority groups are treated as 2nd class citizens. Countries where other religions barely make 1-2% and the number are falling. Where freedom is severely limited and just culture or differences can result in you living an oppressed life. DJFearRoss
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