IB International Dinner 2019

15/04/2019

This year’s IB International Dinner was held on Friday, March 29th, in the Main Hall. Over 100 students  across Years 12 & 13 celebrated their differences and their similarities; promoted respect and understanding; and ensured that the event was enjoyable, but meaningful, providing a learning opportunity for everyone involved.

Students and staff thoroughly enjoyed a wide range of traditional dishes from the 27 nationalities which comprise the St Julian’s IB Diploma student body. Once all guests had finished their meals, we were treated to a surprise from none other than Mr Hennigan (St Julian’s Head of ToK until December 2018), followed by astonishing musical performances by the students, culminating with a classic Mr Jones quiz - all
of which truly celebrated the themes of internationalism and interculturalism. Mr Hennigan sent us a video in which he talked about the joys of traveling and learning more about the world, inspired by his own travels through Europe en route to a refugee camp in Greece, where he and his wife will be volunteering in the coming months. The video began with the quote “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” (Augustine of Hippo), followed by Mr Hennigan’s five reasons why we should look outwards and get to know and experience other cultures, traditions and places. A truly inspiring and original ToK lesson!
After screening the video message from Mr Hennigan, we were treated to seriously impressive musical performances by students in both Years 12 and 13, in none other than five different languages (Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch and Spanish).
 
We are tremendously grateful to all our colleagues (teachers and the Events & Maintenance teams) who supported us in the organisation of this year’s International Dinner. Above all, we would like to convey our warmest gratitude and praise to the students, for the respect, generosity and commitment with which they celebrated this event.
 
“The International Dinner is an event that I will always stand by. As a person who sees herself as a third culture kid, being from Libya and having lived in England, Jordan and now, Portugal, it has always been difficult for me to be completely Libyan while in each country, as I integrated into each culture I was put in. The International Dinner is an event that allows students to have a small taste of that integration into
different cultures for an evening, where internationalism is celebrated and stereotypes are conquered. From the 20 or so odd tables decorated by things from different countries, to the food that is served, which also comes from the selected different countries, we are completely immersed. This year's Dinner even had the
guests selecting plane tickets to different countries, and if that doesn't help you understand just how serious we are about spreading internationalism, I don't know what will! Thank you Mr Jones and Miss Vozone for making the last International Dinner I participate in at St. Julian's a great one.” Year 13 student
 
“The International Dinner was a vibrant occasion where we all got to take part and share each other's cultures! I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it and loved trying food I have never tasted before.” Year 12 student
 
Report by Steven Jones & Rita Vozone

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ur purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.

Our purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.