Creagh N.S. Intercultural Days.
On Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th of April, Scoil Muire Gan Smál, Creagh held two Intercultural Days, to acknowledge and celebrate the staggering thirty-six different countries and cultures that are represented by the students of the school.
There was huge preparation in the weeks running up to the event as staff, students and parents arranged displays, cooked food and presented artefacts and videos for their respective country or culture. Halla Uí Bruadair was a sea of colour for the event.
The days began with an Olympic style parade of nations, where students from each country and culture entered the hall to their national anthems and placed their respective flag on the Creagh ‘Culture Sculpture’ – a piece of traditional bog oak.
This was followed by renditions of Creagh’s own ‘Diversity Code’, and the song ‘World in Union’, performed beautifully by Erin from 3rd Class.
Finally, school principal, Mr. Noel Lohan officially opened the days’ events. Parents, students and staff thoroughly enjoyed what was a fantastic occasion. As well as displays from each country/culture, there was traditional food and music to be enjoyed by all.
Some students were asked about the day. This is what they had to say.
Saheel whose parents are from Afghanistan and Pakistan said, ‘The Intercultural Days were really great. I loved the displays, the parade and how everyone dressed up. I loved representing my country at the display.’
Aaron from Ireland said, ‘I loved the scavenger hunt where we learned about all the different countries.’
Sean from the Travelling Community proudly stated, ‘I loved how I got to show a picture and video of my Grandad when he worked as a tinsmith. He was one of the last tinsmiths of the west.’
Dania, whose family hails from Libya declared, ‘I felt proud of my country and I loved all the colour in the school hall. Trying food from other countries was really nice.’
The cultures and countries currently represented in Creagh NS are: Romania, Brazil, Russia, The Travelling Community, Portugal, Lithuania, Malaysia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Belarus, India, Libya, England, Australia, Slovakia, Wales, Ukraine, Argentina, Bangladesh, South Africa, Thailand, France, Algeria, Italy, Scotland, Canada, Spain, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Philippines, Moldova, Poland and Ireland.
It truly shows us what a welcoming and diverse town Ballinasloe is.