Bowen Island Community School will be hosting Multicultural Week March 11 to 16.
The week is led by our Diversity Committee, a group of educators and parents and guardians, with support from volunteers from our school community. Multicultural week ties in with aspects of the B.C. curriculum that BICS students already experience throughout the school year, including “awareness and understanding of one’s family background, heritage(s), language(s), beliefs, and perspectives in a pluralistic society” (BC Ministry of Education). The curriculum includes learning about and appreciating the cultures of others.
Multicultural week will offer students the opportunity to learn about cultures represented at our school and beyond.
One idea for this special week, is to host a community culture fair in the BICS gym on Tuesday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The idea is to give students the opportunity to learn about different cultures and to engage with community members about what their culture means to them. But, this idea needs community support to be successful!
Community members would host a table highlighting aspects of their culture or heritage in a manner of their choice. Students would visit the gym in class groups, circulate among the display tables to view material, and participate in informal conversation with the guest hosts. A non-exhaustive list of items that might be shared by host volunteers include: maps, photographs, artwork, literature, traditional dress, food samples, games, fact sheets and recorded music. Stories of individuals and families immigration to Canada would also be welcome.
If you are a community member who might be interested in hosting a table, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, February 20. If there is enough interest to make this idea viable, we will then proceed with event planning.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!