DVSS cel­e­brates di­ver­sity

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Krystin McHugh The Drumheller Mail

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 18, DVSS held an In­ter­na­tional Day Cel­e­bra­tion to honor the dif­fer­ent coun­tries and cul­tures rep­re­sented at the school.

To start off the As­sem­bly, stu­dents from Ger­many, China, In­dia, Ja­pan, Mex­ico, Nige­ria, South Korea, Rwanda, Spain, Rus­sia, Philip­pines, New Zealand, United Arab Emi­rates and USA lined the front of the gym to present each of their own coun­tries. Some stu­dents had im­mi­grated to Canada with their fam­i­lies and oth­ers are at­tend­ing DVSS through the In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent Pro­gram.

One of the stu­dents who helped or­ga­nize the event, Jes­sica Fer­nando said, “The in­ter­na­tional stu­dents were glad to share their cul­ture through danc­ing, and tra­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties that re­flect their coun­tries. It is quite an ex­pe­ri­ence to be in that mo­ment and in­dulge your­self in a cul­ture that stim­u­lates your per­cep­tion and cu­rios­ity. To im­merse your­self into fine arts is truly beau­ti­ful.”

The as­sem­bly con­sisted of pre­sen­ta­tions done by stu­dents to rep­re­sent their home coun­tries and ended with a fash­ion show that show­cased tra­di­tional cloth­ing for many of the coun­tries rep­re­sented within the school.

The dif­fer­ent pre­sen­ta­tions were; Haruka Ichie, from Ja­pan, played a tra­di­tional drum, fol­lowed by Akiko Ishi­moto and Yuki Shadaka join­ing her for a dance; Kate Guo, from China, played a solo pi­ano piece; the Ber­stch sis­ters sang an acapella duet rep­re­sent­ing Canada; Man­preet Singh from United Arab Emi­rates played tra­di­tional drums; a tra­di­tional African Dance by Tega Ma­jimeta and Rachael Faw­ibe; with a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion by Drumheller’s Got Tal­ent win­ners, Abby Fooks and Rachel Graf.

After the as­sem­bly, stu­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to try dif­fer­ent food dishes from around the world that stu­dents and their par­ents had made.

Fer­nando said, “The food was great. Ev­ery cul­ture rep­re­sented in the school body was ap­pre­ci­ated through culi­nary. It was amaz­ing to see th­ese in­ter­na­tional stu­dents de­pict their coun­tries through what they pre­pared. It was truly more than just the food, it was a cel­e­bra­tion of be­ing a mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­nity.”

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