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St Teresa's Primary School in Borehamwood celebrates international day
A school was a blaze of colour as children wore costumes from around the world.
St Teresa’s Primary School in Brook Road in Borehamwood held its annual international day yesterday.
Children donned the national dress of their home countries or costumes from other parts of the world in a day that celebrates the school’s diversity.
Dressed in their bright clothes, the children celebrated a Harvest Mass led by Father Dominic McKenna of St Teresa’s Catholic Church.
During the service, children offered up gifts of food that they had collected for the Borehamwood food bank, which operates out of the church.
Fr McKenna talked to the children about the work of the foodbank and how it helps ensure struggling families have enough to eat.
In the evening, the school invited parents of pupils from many different countries into the school to set up stalls with food and information about their homelands.
More than 300 people came to the event – not only parents but former pupils, grandparents and other family members.
As well as browsing the stalls and sampling food, guests were treated to Irish and Polish dancing demonstrations from some of the teachers and pupils.
Headteacher Teresa McBride said the international day had become one of the highlights of the school calendar.
She said: “We’ve been celebrating it for at least ten years.
“Yesterday the hall was decorated with flags and the school was a blaze of colour.
“During the evening, parents set up stalls and you could tour the world just by walking up and down the hall.
“We have a wonderful, diverse community and we want to celebrate that.”
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