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By Tristan Harris Friday 07 March 2014 Updated: 07/03 11:43
PUPILS at Aston Fields Middle School took part in their annual All Different, All Equal Day to promote cohesive communities.
The event was aimed at helping young people appreciate, value and respect the wide ranging diversity of people’s backgrounds, teaching them to build common ground and common values between the different groups within the community.
Children on the day looked at a variety of different cultures or traditions.
Year five, which was exploring India, created friendship bracelets, designed rangoli and Mehndi patterns which were painted on their hands and made kites as there is a tradition of kite running. They also tasted food from the region and learned some traditional dance moves.
Year six pupils tasted foods from Poland, did some traditional Cossack dancing and learned the numbers one to ten in Russia as part of their look at Eastern Europe. They also made traditional Russian dolls and sang Russian songs.
With year seven exploring the Caribbean, students in those classes tasted Caribbean foods and learned to play the steel drums with visiting musicians. They also made carnival masks, holiday brochures and took part in activities, including limbo dancing.
As year eight looked at the Far East, pupils learned how to play Gamalan music from Indonesia and tried their skills at origami and Japanese writing. They also worked in groups to create a manga, a Japanese style cartoon and used their science skills to analyse, test, taste and name a variety of green teas, having observed a green tea ceremony and discussed the benefits of the beverage.
Assistant headteacher Carole Teer said: “A wonderful day was had, celebrating cultural diversity and sharing important messages common to us all.
“Thank you to all the staff and pupils who made it a day to remember.”
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