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Guildford College International Students provide Cultural Bonanza for School Children

Posted on 13 March 2014

International students from Guildford College gave school pupils at Holy Trinity Pewley Down School an insight into many different cultures this week.

In a mini version of the College’s annual International Day, 35 students representing Saudi Arabia, Libya, Colombia, Chile, China, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Italy, Russia and Spain,put on a range of interactive activities.

The children learned how to say hello and count to 10 from Middle Eastern students; were taught how to sing a South American song; made a mask and used Chinese chopsticks; tried their hand at origami and writing their names in Japanese and saw a demonstration of Spanish and Italian song and dance.

A spokesperson from Holy Trinity Pewley Down School said: “International Day fits in perfectly with the school as this term their topic is 'Around the World'.  They have already 'visited' Antarctica (including our own Scott/Amundsen race to the South Pole!) and are currently in China. Next half term they plan to drop into Africa and New York!”

International student Giorgi Costanza said: “I was really excited about today;it’s been a beautiful experience spending time with English children. I’ve really enjoyed teaching them something about my country including our food, traditions and songs”.

Ian Paine from Guildford College’s International Centre explained: “Our teaching team organises an International Day at a primary school every year to promote diversity and friendship in the community and give international students an opportunity to communicate with native speakers outside the College.

On the day there were stalls, demonstrations and performances prepared by students from many areas of the world for the children. The students set themselves up into different rooms with each room representing a continent. The children have little passports which they use to go round the countries and as they ‘arrive’ in a country, their passport is stamped using a sticker which has their flag on it. Then our international students teach them a skill of some kind. Great fun is had by all!”

For further information on International courses at Guildford College please contact Tel: 01483 44 86 90 or Email:

+44 (0)1483 44 86 90

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