International Week at Wellington celebrated the wonderfully varied countries, cultures, and languages that make up our world. Kindergarten and 1st grade students sang French songs with middle and upper school students during morning meeting. Second graders connected with an upper schoolers to share some fairy tales in French. Third graders learned Bhangra dancing, arranged through the kindness of Wellington parent Lahari Mangaraj P ‘22 ‘27, and 4th graders chatted with their pen pals from Lapeyrouse Fossat, France via video. Lower school students were also invited to share other languages they may know or items collected from other countries.
Middle schoolers engaged in festive morning meetings with greetings in languages from home as well as trivia contests and games. Classroom doors were decorated to represent different countries, and language lunch tables, as well as a dining room menu reflecting culinary inspiration from around the world, allowed students to enjoy a meal together, travelling momentarily to distant lands.
International dress day on Wednesday gave all students a fun opportunity to express their appreciation for a country of their choice. The week culminated in an International Festival in which middle school students gave presentations about countries they had researched and also shared delicious treats from their studied nation. Through the thoughtful exploration cultures near and far, Wellington students brought the world closer to home.