International Culture Event 2012

Bollywood dancing, Henna painting and A Capella singing were just some of the entertainments that were enjoyed by visitors who attended St Crispin’s School’s International Culture Evening on Wednesday 13th June.

The St Crispin’s chamber orchestra started the evening off with an arrangement of British folk music, which was then followed by the junior choir singing Hungarian, Indian and Israeli songs, followed by students performing Street and Bollywood dances. Victoria Krisk (age 12) performed a stunning solo on her violin, playing the Estonian national song, which was also Estonia’s Eurovision song entry titled ‘Listen’.
The entertainment was brought to a harmonious close when EXPERIMENT IV, an A Capella Quartet, performed songs ranging from the war time favourite Bye Bye Blackbird to the Beetles classic All My Loving.  Experiment IV is a four piece group featuring Mr Knight a Physics teacher at St Crispin’s and originally from USA.
Following the entertainment, hungry guests enjoyed tasting traditional food from 18 countries. There was hummus from Israel, vegetable curry from India, Tapas from Spain, flat bread with meat and fresh herbs from Albania, Bobotie the national dish from South Africa and not to mention traditional English scones and jam plus many more.
VIP guests included the Borough Mayor Cllr Bob Wyatt and Town Mayoress, Elaine White.

International Culture Event 2011

Turkish belly dancing, Henna painting and A Capella singing were just some of the entertainments that were enjoyed by visitors who attended St Crispin’s School’s International Culture Evening, on Wednesday 15th June.

The International parents and staff committee hosted the event to celebrate the school’s rich and diverse community which comprises over 50 nationalities.
The Keep Hatch Primary school choir, who were also celebrating a cultural diversity week in school, joined the event and started off the evening’s entertainment with songs from different cultures. St Crispin’s orchestra then entertained the audience with Irish and UK folk songs, which were then followed by some traditional Asian, Mauritian and Turkish dances.
Students also recited poetry and Mary Arcari (age 16) and Sophie Collins (age 13) performed two stunning musical solo performances followed by Mario Scinto, a former St Crispin’s student, who played the bagpipes. The entertainment was brought to a harmonious close when ‘EXPERIMENT IV’, an A Capella Quartet performed American songs including the Sittin’ on Top of the World Drifter’s classic Under the Boardwalk.
Following the entertainment, hungry guests enjoyed tasting traditional food from 21 countries. There was hummus and falafel from Israel, chicken tikka from Pakistan, beef stew & Sadza from Zimbabwe, samosas and sweets from India, crêpes from France, sugar sprinkles on toast from The Netherlands, dolmades from Turkey, pumpkin pie from USA and much more. Along side were dishes from the UK such as Welsh cakes, haggis and Cornish pasties.
Tesco, Waitrose and Morrison’s contributed cash donations which were used to purchase raw ingredient for the dishes. Zizzi’s restaurant in Broad Street, Wokingham donated Italian cheeses, breads and olives and flower arrangements were provided by the Green Parlour florist in Pangbourne.
VIP guests included the Borough Mayor Dianne King and her consort Mr Brian King and the Town Mayor Peter Lucey.

Quotes:

Humera Mirza said: “All the parents & staff worked so hard and with such enthusiasm to show their children how important it is to be proud of their own culture as well as to appreciate and value the cultures of others.”
Joy Westlake (age 16) said: “I got a real adrenalin rush while performing our dance on stage to such a large audience and the chicken tikka afterwards was the best I’ve ever tasted.” 
Mrs Katrina Devereux (parent) said: “It was a Fantastic evening with wonderful food and a real sense of community.”
Lena Kulkhanjian, (a parent, who provided Lebanese food) said: “The abundance and variety of food is fantastic and it is so nice to be able to share each other’s food and culture.”
 
The International parents and staff committee hosted the event to celebrate the school’s rich and diverse community which comprises over 50 nationalities.
The St Crispin’s chamber orchestra started the evening off with an arrangement of British folk music, which was then followed by the junior choir singing Hungarian, Indian and Israeli songs, followed by students performing Street and Bollywood dances. Victoria Krisk (age 12) performed a stunning solo on her violin, playing the Estonian national song, which was also Estonia’s Eurovision song entry titled ‘Listen’.
The entertainment was brought to a harmonious close when EXPERIMENT IV, an A Capella Quartet, performed songs ranging from the war time favourite Bye Bye Blackbird to the Beetles classic All My Loving.  Experiment IV is a four piece group featuring Mr Knight a Physics teacher at St Crispin’s and originally from USA.
Following the entertainment, hungry guests enjoyed tasting traditional food from 18 countries.
VIP guests included the Borough Mayor Cllr Bob Wyatt and Town Mayoress, Elaine White
Ido Steuer (age 13) from Israel, whose first language is Hebrew, was one of the compares for the evening and he said: “I enjoyed tasting all the different foods from around the world and I really liked the shoo-fly-pie from USA. It was good to see my science teacher, Mr Knight, sing so well in his a capella quartet – I thought they were excellent.”