The West Bridgford School

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Celebration of Thailand

thailandOn Wednesday 25th November we celebrated the beautiful culture of Thailand, a culture where compassion, generosity, spirituality and acceptance for others is deeply embedded.  Activities were set up in the lead up and during break and lunch time to echo some of this beauty.

Our English and Food department have been delivering lessons whereby pupils explored the culture and traditions of Thailand in creative way.  Some stunning work from pupils is displayed in school.

On the day, break time was fantastic!  Siam House, a local Thai restaurant, delivered a very successful Thai snack sale.  With non-stop custom, pupils and staff were buying Vegetable Spring Rolls and the very aromatic Thai Green Curry from 50p to £1, they finally ran out a few moments before the bell.  Pupils also gathered to watch the wonderful Mr Samran Puethale - head chef and Mrs Orathai Phonsawat - head chef assistant, perform their fruit and vegetable carving demonstration.  Many were genuinely amazed by the speed and beauty of their creations.  Free flowered-carrots were presented to pupils – a new way to serve our vegetables perhaps?!  Enormous thanks to Mrs Martinez and her team for their hard work and slick operation.  Mrs Martinez has also very kindly agreed that the money raised from the snack sale be donated to a charity of our choosing.  Some of our culture & diversity ambassadors recommended the Children’s Thai Trust.

The fun didn’t stop there though.  Pupils of all ages flocked to Mr Kemp’s colourful and inclusive activity ‘Thailand Islands’, another chance to learn whilst having fun.  The canteen was transformed with bunting, flags and decorations in red, white and blue, displays with facts about Thailand to assist those entering the quiz, and Thai music played from all corners.  Lisa Terkowski and the catering team cooked an exceptional Thai themed meal.  Queues were backing from the serving hatch to the exit!  Many happy customers, including over 25 year 6 pupils from our link primaries.  The second half of each lunch, Miss Von Oven invited pupils to find their inner-calm during a meditation session.  Long may the lovely culture of Thailand echo round The West Bridgford School campus.

Here’s what some of our pupils and staff had to say:

“It’s different and the food is full of flavour.  I have never seen this flag before so it’s a learning experience too”

“Wonderful to include children from other schools to show how culturally diverse this school is”

“Decorations are beautiful and a happy vibe is all around”

“Extremely fun, tasty food, good company, nice flag and exciting music!”

“I have mostly enjoyed the atmosphere and the cuisine”

“I enjoyed watching the people make flowers out of fruit”

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