The International School of Aberdeen will mark its move to a new campus in Cults with its International Flag Parade on Thursday (October 7) at 6.30pm.
The school’s 350 pupils will take part in an Olympic-style parade where pupils follow their 38 national flags, wearing national dress or national colours. Many of the parents traditionally also wear national costume or colours to join the celebrations.
Adding to the international flavour, parents also prepare food that reflects the various nationalities in the school and this will be served, following the parade, in the main “street” that runs through the new school building and also in the cafeteria.
The International Flag Parade marks the end of a month during which each grade in the school has studied the language, culture and arts from a specific country.
Commenting on the event, Dr Dan Hovde, Director of the International School of Aberdeen, says:
“The aim of our annual International Flag Parade is to celebrate the cultural diversity of our school here in Aberdeen and to act as a reward for our pupils’ hard work.
“Because the International School of Aberdeen developed from the American School, there is often the presumption that it is only American children who attend the school. This event helps to dispel that perception. In reality, we are like a mini United Nations!
“The International Flag Parade gives us the chance to recognise each and every nationality in the school, including our many Scottish pupils. Indeed, as the host nation, our Scottish pupils will lead the parade carrying the Saltire.”