At Montessori International Bordeaux we place a great importance on learning and celebrating different cultural celebrations, to help our students become global citizens.  Cultural celebrations foster respect and open-mindedness for other cultures and traditions. Celebrating our differences, as well as our common interests, helps unite and educate us. To understand others perspectives, to broaden our own, and to fully experience and educate ourselves, enable our students to take these skills into their adult lives. 

As an international school we are fortunate to have a rich diverse classroom, this promotes creativity, high level thinking, and collaboration.  Our classrooms represent different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicity and language.  It is important for students to be culturally aware. Learning about other cultures, languages, religions, and holidays aside from their own will help children learn that their classmates may be very different from them. Being culturally aware is a wonderful way to promote inclusion for all in your classroom. Students to appreciate cultural differences helps them to be aware of the fact that their peers may be different, it’s also important for students to learn about some of the unique and amazing things that come from other cultures and ways of life.  

Celebrating different cultures will bring to light new thinking and understanding. Students need to understand there is never a right or wrong way- what is ok is that we are all different and we learn and grow together. This type of learning will encourage students to be creative thinkers.

This week we focused on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  The celebration involved all of the students in the school from Maternelle to College.  All of the students participated by wearing green (so they wouldn’t be pinched by any leprechauns).  
The Maternelle classes focused on; Leprachauns and what the term ‘to be lucky’ means.  The students listed four things that they felt were lucky in their lives.  

In Primary the students researched the history of St.Patricks day and enjoyed a range of arts and crafts to celebrate the unique culture of Ireland. 
College students focused on the origins of St. Patrick’s day and the Irish culture such as Limmericks by creating their own multi cultural Limmerick, food and language used within Ireland.