Thomond Community College, Limerick, will hold its annual Multicultural Day on March 9th, 2018.
With such a diverse school population this heritage festival is a hugely worthwhile, inclusive event, giving a unique opportunity to each of our International students to showcase their home nation. To see the pride of students in their native traditions and language is just wonderful. So many students can find a voice through this event and all in attendance, students, staff, parents and guests, learn so much – it truly is an education for all. The day creates a real opportunity to celebrate both diversity and integration.
This year, students from 20 different countries will showcase their cultures to the entire school community. Each country will have its own ethnic theme with posters, pictures & items from that country creating a visual display on all that makes their individual cultures unique and interesting. Many of the students also wear traditional costume on the day. Delicious food, prepared and cooked by the students and their families, further reflects the intercultural theme. An afternoon of international music and dance, attended by the whole school, will bring the celebrations to an end. On March 9th in Thomond Community College as a response to a simple hello we expect to hear “yassou”, “ni hao” or “hola” amongst others!
Students from local National Schools also attend on the day as will the Mayor of Limerick and local politicians and Doras Luimní.
Regarding timing on the day itself students will be at stands for each different country all morning, 9.15 to 12.15. Visitors can move around the stands chatting to the students about their different nations. Many students will be in ethnic clothes and the displays are very colourful. At 12.30 lunch is served – this involves typical food from the various countries prepared by the students and their families. At approx. 1.30 a concert featuring international talent brings the day to a close at 3.00p.m. This concert is hosted by Richard Lynch and will feature the Rusangano Family amongst other ethnic acts.
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