‘Respect the wide diversity among us in our lives and relationships.’ – Quaker Advices and Queries 2.2
The theme of this year’s Culturefest was ‘we are all different but all the same – respect the difference’. The day began with an invitation to come to school dressed in a way that reflected individual cultures or nationalities. This brought a vast array of national costumes in a colourful display reflecting the many different nationalities found at Sidcot.
The morning assembly focussed on the effects of globalisation in eroding different cultures and featured an amusing film showing different folk dances from around the world. At morning break we held a cake sale to add to the money being raised for the Upendo orphanage that is visited by the students on the Tanzania expedition in July. During lunchtime the students arranged a mixed boys and girls netball/basketball match between the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth students.
The evening was rounded off with a splendid meal prepared by Stuart Brewin and his team featuring dishes from different countries: ravioli; southern fried chicken and fries; Belgian chocolate cheesecake and cream. This was washed down with ginger beer, pink lemonade, dandelion and burdock, bitter lemon, and various cola drinks. The Refectory had been decorated with flags of various nations and background music featuring folk tunes from around the world was played. The students going to Tanzania, members of the charity committee and other keen students provided the decoration and the waiter service during the evening.
The whole day was a celebration of diversity and a reminder of our common humanity. An enjoyable time was had by all whilst at the same time raising money for the purchase of essential provisions for the orphanage.