Give the World a Hug- Diversity Week Celebration

It's Diversity Week here at Oakwood and we've been taking the time to celebrate all of the cultures and heritages represented here at the Academy. We have students from over 40 countries, and are proud to say they are all part of the Oakwood family.

The theme this year is 'Give the World a Hug' so along with lots of activities and assemblies, the students have been working in class to create small clay hearts. These hearts made up a bigger art installation designed and produced by the Art Club and the Global Committee. One very kind mother also created individual hearts with flags on, for each of the countries represented at the Academy, donating them to be part of the artwork. 

To celebrate their achievement and embody the spirit of Diversity Week, Mrs Speak invited all the parents and carers to the Academy after school for a celebration. Many families kindly brought along different foods from their home-countries, from Pakistani pakoras to Sudanese buns and much more. Hot drinks were also provided by parents with a choice of Algerian green tea or spiced Indian chai tea. The food was a hit with everyone, and a great chance for people to learn more about the different cultures here at Oakwood. 

Visitors were encouraged to make their own clay hearts and add them to the artwork, allowing it to continue to grow as the event progressed, symbolising the acceptance and love that we promote here at the Academy. 

Parents, carers, students, staff and other visitors were also asked to write down their thoughts and reactions to the afternoon on a tag. These tags will be displayed in the Academy as a reminder of the wonderful event, made all the more poignant by the tragic events of this week. 

We cannot possibly thank everyone who was involved enough for helping out and attending. The afternoon showcased what can be done when we come together as a community. Thank you to everyone who provided the delicious food and refreshments, shared their stories, history and culture and welcomed those from others. We are all so very proud. 

To see lots more photos from the celebration click here.