This is an annual event at Rose Marie Academy, enjoyed by all, and serving many purposes. Primarily, on the social side, it provides an opportunity for families of different nationalities to meet in an informal setting and celebrate the international ethos of the school.
The students from Pre-K to High School study a country in depth – geography,
customs, language, dress, and everyday life. They present a display of dance and music to the parents and then invite them to the classrooms to watch presentations, view artefacts, and inspect the students’ work. Finally, a lunch with an international flavor and dishes supplied by the parents is eaten together.
The study benefits of this event are obvious in the areas of social studies, language, and math but, beyond these benefits, the students learn respect for other countries and develop an understanding of different cultures by sharing their birthrights with their friends and friends’ families, encouraging them to develop into truly global citizens.
We came together to celebrate what unites us as citizens of a wider world. This year the students chose five countries to study in depth and present – Switzerland, China, Iraq, Morocco, and Sweden.
The responsibility for organizing International Family Day fell to the Primary-Junior High School teachers led by chairman Teacher May assisted by Teacher Colin and Teacher Oren. Assisting them on the committee were Teachers Alyson, Maxine, Finola, and Shalie. Backing them up was our team of teacher assistants and support staff led by Khun Chalida.
The guides were Teachers Finola, Rattiya, Patiwat, and Khun Thiwarat. Photographs were taken by Mr. Danai Chulathammakorn, Mr. Hiromichi, and Khun Chada. The sound system was graciously set up and supervised by Mr. Ryan Angelo Cabie. The student costumes were designed by the homeroom teachers and tailored by Khun Tu Luitil. The delicious international cuisine was provided by our very supportive parents. Posters, invitations, and program designed and printed by Teacher Colin and Teacher Bill.