Hastings Mayor, Allan Roberts, Council Leader, Jeremy Birch and Rye Town Crier, Rex Swain opened the festivities at Buckswood School’s International Day in mid March.
The school has pupils from over 48 nations and the annual International Day event celebrates the culture, cuisine, costume and customs of the students home nations and raises money for Unicef at the same time.
This year’s event was the first to welcome local dignitaries and exhibit the range of nations at the school and the standard of educational opportunities available to the 225 international boarders and 220 students from local families.
This year’s event saw 24 nations taking part and the teams all gave presentations about their countries and held a food stall selling culinary delights in aid of Unicef. Delicacies on offer included German Currywurst, Japanese Sushi, South African BBQ, Dutch croquettes and of course the Great British fish and chips!
Buckswood Head of Languages, Gilly Johnson, who organised the event was thrilled with the effort the students had gone to, getting relatives to send items from abroad, ordering dishes from local restaurants, visiting local specialist food stores and rolling up their sleeves to make dishes to proudly share their culture with their contemporaries.
The food stalls raised a grand total of £1000 for Unicef (a childrens charity working to improve the lives of children and protect their rights around the world), with the ‘By the Seaside’ British theme stall proving most popular with their offerings of fish and chips, candy floss, cream soda and ice cream.
Mark Redsell, headteacher, said: “Buckswood International Day is always a very special occasion at the school, one where we can celebrate our differences as one family, together. I am very proud of the students and all the hard work Mrs Johnson and the students put in to raise a staggering amount for Unicef.”