Members of the Raha community came to school dressed in their national colors or national dress ready for International Day. This year is the 7th annual International Day, in which everyone shares their cultures with others by putting up stalls which included posters with information about the country, typical food and even souvenirs. It was a great day because at Raha there are 75 different nationalities, which allowed us to learn about such diversity, regarding traditions, customs, food tastes and even games.
The day started with an assembly on the PYP pitch. Everybody listened to different speeches which thoroughly explained what a third culture kid is, and in my opinion, they were really interesting, especially the one from our principal, Mr. Wayne MacInnis, and the one from Nicole Tan, a PYP student. After that, the Kiwi rugby players shared with the community the Haka dance, which is done before a rugby match. And for the final event in the assembly, students representing their countries walked around the pitch holding up a poster with their country's name and flag. Everyone was excited about the countries parade, clapping loudly when their country was called out. After the assembly, Senior school students went back to normal classes until period 7 when everyone was dismissed to enjoy the global village, where there were stalls representing each different country that belongs to RIS.
In conclusion, everyone really enjoyed themselves this day. One of the main advantages of studying at Raha is that students follow the IB program and share their diversity with friends from all around the globe. Raha students don't only learn about their different subjects but at the same time they learn about their cultures. This is a real privilege, and International Day is the day to celebrate it.