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Pupils venture all around the world in just one day

Pupils in Dundonald made sure they stamped their passports after completing an‘around the world’ adventure last Friday — all from the comfort of their own classrooms.

Teachers and parents at Dundonald Primary School staged a global showcase for pupils at the school last Friday (May 20), that included food, song, dance, language, geography, and sport from around the world.

School principal Julian Byers also greeted community representatives — including east Belfast MP Naomi Long — to the event.

Mr Byers said: “We have about 14 different nationalities in the school, and by the end of the day the pupils will have learned about eight countries around the world.

“We are here to celebrate the diversity of the cultures we have here at the school, and it’s a day for all the pupils of our school to take part in the wide range of activities the teachers, parents and ArtsEkta have organised together.

“Many of the parents of the children who have come here from other countries are here to help with the celebrations — cooking food, making presentations to the children about their culture and answering their questions about the country they have come from.

“These countries include Nigeria, Sudan, India, the Phillipines, Japan, Bulgaria and Poland, to name a few.”

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Each year group was taught about a different country, with many of the children having the opportunity to dress up in different cultural dress and taste a wide selection of foods.

Parent Ismaila Sule who prepared food from his native Nigeria, and spoke to the children about Africa in the lead up to the event, said: “It’s a pleasure to take part in this event and come to the school my child attends to tell some of his friends about our culture and where we are from.”

Vice principal Karen Stevenson said: “Dundonald Primary School is also a key member of the Get Set programme linked to the 2012 Olympics.”

She added that the Olympic Games organising team had sent a photographer to capture the event and planned to use the material when they launch their Go Global programme for all schools later in the year

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