During the first week of March, students and teachers on both campuses celebrated Flint Hill’s International Week. At the Lower School, a theme was selected — “We are One” — and an “international dress” day was designated for students to wear clothing that represented their own heritage or a country special to them. “This is an opportunity for members of the Flint Hill community to share our unique cultures with one another and to celebrate those differences that make us unique and special,” said Lower School Director Sheena Hall. At the beginning of the week, there was a reading of the book “Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox. Kindergarten students also gave a short presentation of two of their class projects: self-portraits and a map of the world highlighting where their families are from originally.
Middle Schoolers gave a presentation based on the book “If the World Were a Village” by David J. Smith. With 100 members of the Middle School on stage, students and faculty created an imaginary village in which each person represented 75 million people, totaling the world’s population of 7.5 billion people. Six students served as narrators and shared statistics about the world, pointing out that “by learning about these 100 villagers, we can find out more about our neighbors in the real world and the problems our planet may face in the future.”
At the end of the week, an International Week Showcase was held for Upper School students to participate in an Open Mic style celebration of cultures. And on Saturday, March 4, the Upper School Commons was transformed into an international marketplace for an International Festival. Booths were set up to represent 15 different countries, and student ambassadors and parents served as hosts, showing the traditions, artifacts, foods, and culture from those different parts of the world. The event also included a drumming performance by visiting artist Kofi Dennis and a musical performance by a choir of Lower and Middle School students.