Founded in 2012, Acton High School’s International Day is held each year. It celebrates the wide cultural diversity of Acton High and our students’ role as global citizens. The day broadens students’ horizons and affords opportunities for them to learn more about their contemporaries’ cultures, food and languages, while forming a greater understanding of their own place in the wider community.
Students and staff are encouraged to come to school dressed in traditional dress for their country of origin, with the best costume chosen at a whole-school assembly and awarded a prize. The day includes a special exhibition at which staff and students host stalls with displays, food and music. Students are also afforded the opportunity to participate in a wide array of workshops, sampling activities and learning new skills.
In 2017 International Day is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 11th July.
International Day 2016
In 2016 International Day took place on Wednesday 22nd June. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 participated in activities including Djembe drumming, French cooking, Latin dancing and Sushi making. The prize in the annual competition for the best national dress went to students representing Libya.
International Day 2015
International Day 2015 took place on 20 July.
The event’s exhibition featured stalls representing approximately 20 countries from which the school community draws members, including England, Finland, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Norway, Pakistan, The Philippines, Poland, Scotland, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of America and Wales. A stall run by the Learning Resources Centre featured books from around the world, providing inspiration for students wanting to find out more about any of the countries.
Visitors were challenged to complete ‘passports’ on which they gathered information about each country including the Head of State, the capital city and the national emblem. A range of 20 workshops saw students trying out activities including Chinese Cookery, Henna art, Origami, Batik and making key rings featuring national football shirts. The day finished with all students gathering in the main hall for a parade of national costumes and a showcase. The prize for the best national costume went to a student representing Vietnam.