At Whitehouse Community Primary School, we want every child to be proud of their heritage and to be curious about other cultures.
In a recent survey, parents told us that they like learning about other cultures as a family in school so our Community Ambassadors teamed up with Y1 teachers to plan a Kurdish Day to tie in with the launch of our British Values Superheroes.
Schedule of the day
In the morning, children danced, cooked and made flags under the supervision of some of our senior and junior Community Ambassadors.
In the afternoon, Y1 pupils were joined by their parents as well as by members of the Kurdish community from Whitehouse who arrived in full traditional costumes bearing an array of delicious food to share.
Guests listened to the children talk about the Kurdish culture and watched them dance before everyone had a taste of traditional Kurdish food. Younger siblings as well as Kurdish children from Springfield joined in in the celebrations.
Adults performed a range of traditional dances and encouraged the audience to join in their cheers.
A big thank you to all those who took part. We are particularly grateful to our new Community Ambassadors who made the event possible. It was lovely to see our whole-school community come together and share this very special moment.
Comments from those attending
"We really enjoyed the Kurdish afternoon. It was so wonderful to learn more about their culture. How fantastic to get involved in tasting the food they made for us to try. A huge effort was made clearly!. Thank you for inviting the parents." - Y1 parent.
"I enjoyed all of the children playing together, dancing and singing. The food made by the parents and children was also great." - Y1 parent.
"The Kurdish day celebration at Whitehouse was very special for all the members of our community who attended. Thank you." - Community Ambassador.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop session I came to." - Reverend from local church.
"I just wanted to say thank you so much for inviting us to your Community celebration for Kurdish day. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day as did I. It was lovely to see so many people there in their beautiful traditional dress. Being able to get up and have a try at Kurdish dancing was great fun. My favourite part was being able to try all the delicious food that so many of your parents had kindly made. Everybody was so friendly which has inspired me to try a celebration day in the next school year at our school.” - invited guest - EAL Coordinator from Springfield Junior.
"Lovely to see so many different cultures coming together for family time." - SG - Pastoral Team.
“I thought the atmosphere was wonderful and everyone was enjoying the dancing and music. The Kurdish community welcomed all the children and staff to share their culture through dancing and eating delightful new recipes. I will remember the afternoon with fond memories and look forward to the next celebration of cultures.” - SG - KS1 Phase Leader.
"Thank you for inviting me to join in your Celebration of different cultures.I had the pleasure of participating in 'French For The Family' and 'The Kurdish Day' during the summer term. These two days were very good examples of the way the school encourages collaboration in the community. Learning new languages in a fun and interesting way. The pupils and parents involved were able to share food, music and dance." - SB - SMSC Governor
Comments from the children
"I liked when we had party time."
"I liked it when we all danced."
"I liked the Kurdish food with the yellow rice and the green and orange balls."
Thank you cards received from the Springfield children who attended
"I would like to thank you for inviting us to your lovely school to celebrate your Kurdish Day. I had a great time there." - pupil from Springfield.
"I loved to come and I really enjoyed it. Thank you for your Kurdish Day. It was really fun." - pupil from Springfield.