Barnstaple schools celebrate cultural diversity

SCHOOLS in the Barnstaple community came together to celebrate Cultural Diversity week. (8-12 March). The schools collaborated on a number of projects which included a guest storyteller, David Heathfield; learning Polish and Cuban dance with the Devon M

SCHOOLS in the Barnstaple community came together to celebrate Cultural Diversity week. (8-12 March).

The schools collaborated on a number of projects which included a guest storyteller, David Heathfield; learning Polish and Cuban dance with the Devon Music team; making a big sculpture of the Hindu god Ganesh with artist Ruth Oakley; and making a mile of bunting based on Tibetan prayer flags with Sue Russell in textile workshops.

Pilton Community College played host to a number of workshops, where local primary schools, including Pilton Infants, Ashleigh Road Primary, Bratton Fleming Primary, Goodleigh Primary, Our Lady's Primary, Pathfield Special School and Holywell Primary took part in a whole day of activities and performances.

There were contributions from the local Bengali, Malayalee and Polish communities; the library service; the Family Learning and Police Diversity teams; Youth Cultural Champions, and International Teaching Assistants. T


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hese groups provided displays and activities for children, such as an Indian Dance Workshop which culminated in a performance at the end of the day.

The week was organised by the Devon Learning and Development Partnership's Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMA) team, which promotes diversity within Devon schools and supports black and minority ethnic groups in Devon, including those who have English as an additional language.

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Organiser EMA Advisory Teacher Liz Wozniak said: "Visiting school children will take away an impression of the many different cultures here in North Devon. Every primary school in the learning community has contributed in some way and we hope that they will recognise difference but equally enjoy the great deal that is the same.

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