April in Elementary School is Friendship Awareness Month! Being part of an international school allows us to celebrate our cultural similarities and differences. This month, we are encouraging our younger students to break out of their linguistic and cultural familiarities and expand their friendship circles with the theme of Bridging Cultures. Over the month, we will have parent coffees, recess activities, spirit days, and student focus groups to celebrate the new theme.
On Monday, students attended an assembly to discuss the theme of the month. Students listened to a reading of the book All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, a book that celebrates diversity and inclusivity. Students then ‘turned and talked’ with peers around them, making sure to talk with someone new, to reflect on the messages of the book.
A white-board has been set up in the foyer of our Ersha building and students are able to write on post-its the names of their new friends.
At AISG, we are always focused on making sure everyone feels welcome and we are proud to promote our international mindedness within our community. We want our students to learn this from a young age and carry forth these skills into the future.