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Thorn Grove Primary School in Bishop’s Stortford celebrates diversity of school community with heritage week





Primary pupils in Bishop’s Stortford enjoyed celebrating the diversity of their school community by taking part in a heritage week.

The celebration at Thorn Grove began with a parade of cultural styles, led by parent Mr Medlock playing the bagpipes.

During the week, children created boxes and displays about their heritage. They took part in breadmaking workshops, were excited to learn about music and Indian culture with a Bollywood workshop and explored the beats of samba with Mrs Bindley.

The heritage week included a food festival attended by mayor Cllr Richard Townsend
The heritage week included a food festival attended by mayor Cllr Richard Townsend

The celebration ended with a festival of food attended by mayor of Bishop’s Stortford, Cllr Richard Townsend.

Deputy headteacher Jayne Lilley said: “The aim of the week was to celebrate the diversity within our school and to understand more about the heritage of our families.

“By celebrating diversity, we can enrich the learning of our children by including different narratives and perspectives.”

The diversity of different countries was celebrated
The diversity of different countries was celebrated

Mrs Lilley added: “I am so proud of the Thorn Grove community for their enthusiasm to share and learn. We had dishes from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.”

Parents praised the school for organising the week, with one saying it was “lovely to meet parents and families from all these different horizons!”

Another said the school “absolutely nailed it”, adding: “It’s really important for us that our son has some link to his heritage and that others help support and understand that link also – it gets harder and harder as the generations go on.”

Zayan celebrating Turkey
Zayan celebrating Turkey
Leonardo and Gabriel enjoying the food festival
Leonardo and Gabriel enjoying the food festival
All cultures were celebrated at the heritage week
All cultures were celebrated at the heritage week
The heritage of different countries, including Iceland, was celebrated
The heritage of different countries, including Iceland, was celebrated
Mayor Cllr Richard Townsend joined the school at its food festival
Mayor Cllr Richard Townsend joined the school at its food festival
Mayor Cllr Richard Townsend enjoys the food festival
Mayor Cllr Richard Townsend enjoys the food festival
Pupils enjoyed celebrating cultures from across Europe and the rest of the world
Pupils enjoyed celebrating cultures from across Europe and the rest of the world
Food was a focus for the week
Food was a focus for the week
Edward and Irtaza celebrate each other’s cultures
Edward and Irtaza celebrate each other’s cultures
Parent Mr Medlock leads the school’s parade
Parent Mr Medlock leads the school’s parade
Pupils had a great time celebrating each other’s cultures
Pupils had a great time celebrating each other’s cultures
Some pupils dressed in traditional costumes
Some pupils dressed in traditional costumes
Countries from across the world were celebrated
Countries from across the world were celebrated
Food was a focus at the festival
Food was a focus at the festival
Year 1 pupils enjoying the event
Year 1 pupils enjoying the event
Pupils shared information about their cultures
Pupils shared information about their cultures
Parents joined the festival
Parents joined the festival

Pictures supplied by Thorn Grove Primary School



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