Ilford school which speaks 47 languages celebrates international week

Woodlands Primary School in Ilford hosted an International day for its pupils where the children dre

Woodlands Primary School in Ilford hosted an International day for its pupils where the children dressed up in clothes from different countries and held an international market - Credit: Archant

A school which is home to 47 different languages went all out with an entire week of celebrating internationalism.

Woodlands Primary School in Loxford Lane, Ilford, held a week of special workshops and classes to learn about the diversity of the whole world.

At the school 85 per cent of its pupils speak more than one language and 97pc are from an ethnic minority background.

Montse Waobikeze, the international and Spanish co-ordinator at Woodlands, said: “This is the reason we celebrate international week.

“Our mission statement is ‘why fit in when you were born to stand out’ and I feel that is the spirit of the week – celebrating diversity.”

The children took part in a number of different activities including cooking, painting and learning Japanese.

They learned about different culinary traditions around the world, adopted them and then brought their dishes around the school to teach others and do taste tests.

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The pupils also learned about different artists and painted pictures in each style which were then put on display.

Mrs Waobikeze said: “I think knowledge and being aware of different cultures is important.

“I believe in giving the children the opportunity to learn about the world they are growing up in.”

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