DVSS celebrates diversity
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.”