Pupils from Churchfields Academy in East Swindon enjoyed a special visit from local community leaders as part of a day of activities to celebrate cultural diversity.
Mr Das who organised the day said “Cultural diversity is important in schools as it allows us to have a better understanding of each other’s cultures and ideas and we can learn from one another”.
Mr Das added that Churchfields Academy is at the heart of its community, and plays a key role in building a fair, integrated and tolerant society. By giving our pupils the skills, knowledge and opportunities to learn with, from and about those from different cultures, beliefs and backgrounds we can develop shared values.
The event held on 30 September created opportunities for Churchfields pupils to learn about the values of other religions, listen to music from different cultures and learn about different languages. Pupils spent the day getting involved in various activities such as learning how to drape Saree, Polish baking, Indian cuisine and Fruit carving.
Local community leaders were invited to the event and Canon John Cunningham from Holy Rood Church, Waleed Ahmed, the Muslim community leader and Pradeep Bhardwaj, the chairman of the Swindon Hindu Temple Trust attended and gave talks to the students about faith, beliefs and religions.
Sahira from Year 7 said: “It was important to learn about other cultures so that you can respect each others cultures and religions.”
Peter Year 7 said: “If you go on holiday you might need to know all kinds of things about the cultures and languages from around the world.”
Other students said it was important to learn about their friends who they attend school with. Mr Das said he was extremely delighted with how the day went and thanked all the staff and especially the visitors for coming in to talk to the students.