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Celebrating our diversity! Brazil
The celebration of our very international student body continues today the 7th September, with our recognition of the Independence Day of Brazil.On the 7th September 1822, a declaration of independence from Portugal was made by Pedro di Alcantara, the son of the Portuguese King. The day is also referred to as ‘Sete de Setembro’, 'Dia da Independência' or 'Dia da Pátria'.Brazil..read more
Celebrating our Diversity! USA
The final celebration of the diversity of our student body for this academic year is the Independence Day of the United States on 4th July.
Fourth of July is a federal holiday, commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the US on 4th July 1776.The Second Continental Congress declared that the 13 American colonies were no longer subject to King George III of the Kingdom..read more
Celebrating our diversity! Indonesia 2022
Continuing with the celebration of our diverse and international community, on 1st June we celebrate the birthday of Pancasila, the state ideology of Indonesia. The ideology was introduced during a speech by Indonesia’s founding father and first president Sukarno on 1st June 1945, prior to Indonesia gaining its independence.Pancasila is the official, foundational.. read more
Celebrating our Diversity - South Africa
In our continued celebration of the diversity of our student body we are commemorating South Africa’s Freedom Day. This is an annual celebration of South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections of 1994.It marked the end of 300 years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule, and established a new democratic government led by Nelson Mandela.
Of South Africa’s..read more
Celebrating our Diversity - The Netherlands
King’s Day is when the Dutch celebrate the birthday of their King 👑. Originally Princess’ Day, it was celebrated on Princess Wilhelmina’s birthday on 31st August. The feast involved many children's games and decorated streets. After the death of Wilhelmina’s father, it was changed to Queen’s Day.
St George’s Day 2022
In celebration of the diversity of our student body, we commemorate many of our student nationalities throughout the year. This celebration involves serving traditional food in both canteens.Our first event this term is to celebrate the St George’s Day of England, on 22nd April.23rd April is the anniversary of the death of St George, the patron saint of England. Born around..read more
Celebrating our Diversity: Bangladesh
Our final national day celebration this term commemorates the Independence Day of Bangladesh. Independence Day of Bangladesh celebrates the country’s declaration of independence from Pakistan in the early hours of March 26th 1971.
During the partition of India on 14th August 1947, Pakistan gained independence from Britain and became separated from India. The area now known as..read more
Celebrating our Diversity: Greece
In our continued celebration of the diversity of our student body, on 25th March we commemorate Greek Independence Day, the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821 and also coincides with the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration of when Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her she would bear the son of God. Greece had been part of the Ottoman Empire since 1453 and..read more
Celebrating our Diversity: Pakistan
We have a busy week celebrating the diversity of our student body. On 23rd March we will be commemorating Pakistan Resolution Day.
Pakistan Resolution Day commemorates the ‘Lahore Resolution’ of 1940. This is known as the Pakistan Resolution which led to the creation of Pakistan. The Lahore Resolution rejected the concept of a United India and proposed the creation of an..read more
Celebrating our Diversity: Ireland ☘️
St Patrick’s Day is observed every year on 17th March. The event started as a religious holiday, but over time it’s become a celebration of Irish culture☘️☘️☘️.
St. Patrick was a real person, but some of the traditions associated with him and the holiday are actually myths. For instance, you’ll often see the four-leaf clover on St. Patrick’s Day. However, according to legend,..read more
Celebrating our Diversity! Wales
What a busy term we are having celebrating the diversity of our student body. On 1st March we continued with our festivities to celebrate St David’s Day, the Patron Saint of Wales.
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant (St. David's Day)
St David’s Day or the Feast of St David, falls on the 1st March, the date of St David’s death in 589 AD.St David wasn’t canonised until the 12th century, by..read more
Celebrating our Diversity! Japan 💮
As a diverse and multicultural community, it is important to celebrate National Days around the world - the Japanese National Foundation Day is no exception! Here our KLASS Comm team tell you more about the festivities and the events their arranged this week.
During National Foundation Day, festivals such as the Kenkoku-sai are held at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples...read more
Celebrating our Diversity - New Zealand Day
With so many different nationalities in school we are very lucky to be able to celebrate a huge variety of national days. Term 2 is a busy time for the kitchens, as we celebrate our truly international and multicultural student population with not one but five national days! Our second national day of the term is New Zealand Day!
The New Zealand public holiday of Waitangi Day..read more
Celebrating our Diversity - Australia Day
With so many different nationalities in school we are very lucky to be able to celebrate a huge variety of national days. Australia Day is the first and falls on 26th January each year.
What is Australia Day?
The official national day of Australia is celebrated on 26th January.
On 13th May 1787 the first fleet of European settlers left Portsmouth, England comprising:
Celebrating our diversity! Scotland
We are celebrating St. Andrew’s Day today, November 30th! Here our KLASS Comm students at Equine Park tell us more about Scotland's official national day and how we are celebrating in school.
"St. Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day. While Andrew the apostle has never been to Scotland, he has been the patron saint since 1320, possibly due to an appearance in a..read more
Celebrating our diversity! Austria!
We continue our celebration of the diversity of our student body with a look at Austrian National Day which is celebrated on October 26th and relates to the political developments of the country after WWII.At the end of the war, Austria was occupied by four Allied Forces; Soviet Union, United States, Great Britain and France. As a result, the country was divided into 4 zones...read more
Celebrating our diversity! Spain!
In our continued celebration of the diversity of our student body, today we commemorate the National Day of Spain or Fiesta Nacional de Espana which falls on the 12th October.
On October 12th 1492, it is cited that Christopher Columbus first stepped onto American shores, assuring Spain’s overseas projection and legacy to the world. The Spanish Empire was one of the greatest in..read more
Celebrating our diversity! Nigeria & Hong Kong!
Continuing our celebration of the diversity of our student body, we are commemorating not one, but two countries today as October 1st is both Nigerian Independence Day & Chinese National Day in Hong Kong!
Nigerian Independence Day
Independence Day in Nigeria, marks the country's independence from British rule on 1st October 1960 and is recognised as a national holiday...read more
Celebrating our diversity! Chile
The celebration of our very international student body continues on 17th September, with our recognition of the Independence Day of Chile, Dia de la Independencia, Chile which is observed on 18th September.
The 18th September marks the day when Chilean people declared their independence from Spain in 1810. Spain had ruled over Chile since the middle of the 16th Century. The..read more
Celebrating our diversity! Malaysia
The largest proportion of our student population are Malaysian, therefore it is fitting that our next national day celebration is for Malaysia Day on 16th September.
Malaysia Day recognises the establishment of the Malaysian Federation on 16th September 1963. Malaya, North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak and Singapore unified into a single state (Although Singapore was later expelled..read more
Celebrating our diversity! Vietnam
In celebration of the diversity of our student body, we commemorate many of our student nationalities throughout the year. When we are on campus this celebration includes serving traditional food in both canteens.
This year we will be celebrating more countries than ever before!
Our first event is to celebrate the National Day of Vietnam on 2nd September.
At the..read more
Celebrating our diversity! Russia
In our continued celebration of the diversity of our student body, on 11th June, we will be commemorating Russia Day for the first time.
Celebrated annually since 1992 to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic on 12th June 1990.
This marked the beginning of constitutional reform in the Russian..read more
Celebrating our diversity! Denmark
5th June commemorates the anniversary of Frederick VII signing the Danish constitution in 1849, establishing Denmark as a constitutional monarchy; locally known as Grundlovsdag. The constitution was completely re-written in 1866, 1915 (following women’s suffrage) and 1953 - also all on the 6th June! Whilst not a public holiday, Government offices, banks and schools are closed,..read more
Celebrating our diversity! IndonesiaContinuing with the celebration of our diverse and international community, on 20th May we would have been observing the National Awakening Day of Indonesia. Not a public holiday, but a historic day for the independence of Indonesia.
National Awakening Day is an Indonesian observance annually held on May 20. It commemorates the creation of the first Indonesian nationalist..read more
Celebrating our diversity! Freedom Day - South Africa
At Alice Smith School we welcome students from over 40 different nationalities and enjoy celebrating many festivals often through our shared love of food! National and special days give us opportunities to come together and experience a small part of each other's cultures - with the support of our wonderful kitchen teams! On Wednesday, 28th April (a day late), we will be..read more
Celebrating our Diversity: St. Patrick's Day ☘️
It's time to celebrate another of our Founding Nations on March 17th with St. Patrick's Day ☘️☘️☘️.
St Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of St Patrick (Lá Fhéile Phádraig), is a global celebration of Irish culture held on March 17th. This is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland, who administered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth..read more
Celebrating our diversity! Japan 💮
At Alice Smith School we welcome students from over 40 different nationalities and enjoy celebrating many festivals often through our shared love of food! National and special days give us opportunities to come together and experience a small part of each other's cultures - with the support of our wonderful kitchen teams!
With the extension of the MCO we now know we won't be..read more
With nearly 50 different nationalities in school we are very lucky to be able to celebrate many national days. The last of our National Days for this academic year would have been held on 1st July, to celebrate Bastille Day of France.
Bastille Day or La Fete Nationale is celebrated on the 14th July each year, to commemorate the storming of the Bastille, a Parisian prison in..read more