Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Creagh held two intercultural days on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th February 2012. The pupils and staff celebrated their links with 31 cultures, those being: Poland, The Travelling Community, Taiwan, Libya, Sudan, Malaysia, Algeria, Tanzania, Lithuania, Switzerland, Russia, Pakistan, Australia, Jamaica, China, Afghanistan, France, Philippines, England, Scotland, Wales, Nigeria, U.S.A., Egypt, Portugal, Spain, Ukraine, South Africa, Slovakia and Thailand.
Tuesday morning began with a short opening ceremony, which was attended by students, staff and parents. A flag procession was held in the school hall, with representatives from each culture parading their respective flags, before the flags were displayed on the special ‘culture sculpture’. This is a very unique piece of bog preserved timber which is symbolic of our own locality. For the next two days the students and parents were invited to the school hall to explore the many displays, sample the wonderful food, and converse with the representatives of the many cultures. There was also face painting, henna tattoos, shows of traditional music and dance available throughout each day.
The days emphasised the fantastic relationship between parents, staff and students in Creagh School as everybody played a part in the organisation and running the days. Every class in the school was given the responsibility of designing and creating a display for a particular culture. The parents and children representing the respective cultures were more than generous in providing food, traditional dress and many other artefacts from their country/culture of origin. It was a brilliant opportunity for everyone to learn about and appreciate the many cultures in our broader community, which sometimes we take for granted.
A huge thanks to everybody involved in what was a roaring success.