Students and staff at Our Lady of Mercy Primary School in Cahir celebrated the different cultures from around the world represented at the school last week.
The school marked the cultural diversity of its students by hosting two International Days last Thursday and Friday.
On entering the school gate you could see something important and different was happening.
School caretaker Lar O’Dwyer risked life and limb to display flags from around the world.
There was a food tasting day last Thursday where children in the school got to see and taste cuisine from the different countries represented in the school. Parents brought in food from their own native country and Super Valu of Cahir kindly sponsored food made by its. The food was then brought back to classes to be shared.
All the classes got to taste lots of different culinary specialities from around the world.
The following day, all the children entered the school hall with passports they had created. Each child wore a traditional costume or colours of the flag of any country of their choice.
The school hall was transformed into a travel agency as every class in the school from junior infants to sixth had studied a country from around the globe. Projects, books, artefacts, cds, photos and pottery from the individual countries were displayed for each child to enjoy.
Each class was allotted a time to visit the hall and discover all about what each country had to offer.
And as the studens visited each stand, they got to stamp their passport.
This special event was enjoyed by the school’s students, parents and teachers.
It was an opportunity for them to come together to share a little of their own cultural background with other members of the community as well as to learn about interesting things in our world.
The International Days were a great success and a very enjoyable experience was had by one and all.
Meanwhile, Our Lady of Mercy’s third and fourth class pupils took part in a very successful skipathon and raised E963 for the Irish Heart Foundation. They had lots of fun skipping and made up special skipping tunes and rhymes to make it more enjoyable. The school wishes to thank all its sponsors.