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3rd Annual International Festival

Students represent different countries they are studying during the parade of colors.

This past Friday, Union held its 3rd annual International Festival. This year the theme was Australia and Beyond. There were still guest speakers from within the school and community that came in to speak about their travels and lives from all around the world, but this year, there was a new event held in the gym. There were five stations set up in the gym which students rotated between and learned lots of great things about Australia.

To start the morning off there was a parade of colors as students marched around the hallways wearing the colors of their country of study and waving that country’s flag. There was live bagpipe music being played in the main hallway by Union’s band teacher, Mr. John Davis. The parade is a favorite of many students and staff because it is high energy and gets the day started off on a note of excitement.

Throughout the rest of the day students rotated between activities. Students in grades 2-5 heard from 3 of the 5 guest speakers that were present that morning. Speakers spoke about China, Philippines, Honduras, England, and more. In the afternoon students in grades PreK-1 heard from guest speakers about South Africa and China. After hearing from the guest speakers students returned to their classrooms and created artifacts about what they learned.

At some point in the day students went to the gym to rotate through the different stations. All stations were centered on Australia. At the games station, students played games like the Kangaroo hop, at the art station they created dot paintings similar to paintings done by the aborigines in Australia, and at the music station they listened to Australian music, heard live didgeridoo music, and learned dances and songs from Australia. There was also a literature station where students listened to books written by Australian authors. One of the most exciting stations was the food station where students listened to the book “Possum Magic” written by Australian author, Mem Fox. This book takes the reader on an adventure around Australia learning about different foods eaten there. One of the foods mentioned in the book is vegemite. After reading the book students were given the opportunity to taste a sample of vegemite. There was a wide range of responses to the taste. While many of the students said it wasn’t something they would want to eat there were a few that came back for seconds!

Once again the International Festival was a huge success. Students learned some great information from around the world and they got to hear personal experiences from people in our community. Plans are already being made for next year’s festival!

Written by: Jennifer B. Williams, Media Coordinator
Posted: Apr 28, 2014 by Jennifer Williams

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