International Week 2016

Students, teachers, and staff rallied for this year’s International Week. Each day was filled with an observance, performance, learning opportunity and cuisine that honored cultures and experiences from around the world.

Festivities kicked off on Monday for the annual Chinese New Year parade and celebration. Our Chinese students gave an informative presentation that paid special tribute to their annual Spring Festival.

There was also a special film by Darren W. ’18 and Simeon H. ’15 as part of their Language Acquisition Through Community Learning class.

On Tuesday, the AP Human Geography class hosted a school-wide viewing of Girl Rising, a 2013 documentary by Richard E. Robbins about the challenges faced by girls in developing nations throughout the world. The film sparked school-wide dialogue about global responsibility and citizenship. On Wednesday, the performing arts department showcased music, dance, poetry and prayer from across the globe. On Thursday, 11 students from 11 different countries taught classes in their native languages. Students all over campus learned over 16 terms related to every day clothing in Arabic, Malay, German, Thai, Mandarin…just to name a few. On Friday, there were morning assembly presentations on the Global Village, International Environmental Heroes, and we heard from the Besant Hill School Model United Nations team on their recent trip to Philadelphia. The week culminated with an all-school dance activity in which the student body was divided into 6 groups and learned a traditional dance from Russia, Malaysia, Latin America, China, Africa, and America. Each day the menu was incredible, featuring dishes from around the world! This year’s International Week was a demonstration of Aun Aprendo. From the Commons to the classroom, students, and teachers were learning from each other, celebrating each other, and asking big questions about what it means to be a global citizen.