The Rowans School, Wimbledon, held their annual International Week in February. The children were immersed in a variety of cultures as each class took on a country for the week, ranging from India to France, Germany to Thailand, Spain to Bulgaria and Norway.
The week began with the School transforming itself into ‘The Rowans Voyages’. Each child received their own boarding pass and passed through security checks before boarding their virtual sailboat to their destination country for the week. The school opted to ‘travel’ by sailboat this year to promote discussion about carbon footprints and to consider ways protect the planet.
Highlights of the week included exchanging letters and video calls with children in schools in Thailand, Bulgaria, Spain, France and India enabling children around the world to come together to share and learn about each other’s cultures. The children also enjoyed Music and Drama workshops which took on a global theme, exposing them to new and exciting genres of Music and places around the world.
Parents from the school community also joined in the fun by putting on an International Fair where the children took a whistle-stop tour of all the countries being studied. They not only learnt many facts and figures about each country but they also enjoyed sampling many delicious local delicacies.
The Rowans School is proud to hold the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom. When discussing the School’s International efforts, Mrs Joanna Hubbard, Head, said: ‘We embrace our international community in Wimbledon and celebrate the many languages that The Rowans children speak at home. Our International activities provide our children with a window into different cultures and countries, and supports the work we do in helping them to develop as global citizens.’