Posted on 27 November 2019
Students from around the globe came together to celebrate Guildford College's annual International Day
The International Centre at Guildford College hosted its much awaited and celebrated annual International Day event on Wednesday 27 November to promote diversity across the College. The students and teaching team came together to celebrate the various cultures and nationalities that make up the College.
A highlight in the College’s calendar, the event gives the International students a fantastic opportunity to educate and inform their fellow students and staff about the variety of cultures within the College, whilst using teamwork, responsibilities and communication to organise a stand to represent their own culture.
This year students were representing countries including Japan, Thailand, China, Korea, Spain, Sudan, Italy, Brazil, France and Belgium to present food, drink, cultural demonstrations and traditional costumes. Students and staff were encouraged to complete the International Day Quiz which was designed to encourage visitors to talk to the International students and ask questions about their countries and culture. Visitors to the event were also invited to taste delicacies from around the world and take part in crafts and demonstrations such as the art of origami.
Some students gave traditional cultural musical performances, food demonstrations and wore traditional costumes representing their country. The programme of events for the day included a piano performance of ‘Revolutionary’ by Chopin performed by student Yuiko Hara, ‘Love is an Open Door’ from the film ‘Frozen’, sung in Japanese by students Yuina Uchida, Ayu Nishikawa, Kao Iijima, Harune Chiba, Wakana Nanko. The college’s Performing Arts students also gave an energetic display of African dancing which ended with an impromptu dance lesson for the entire audience and was met with rapturous applause!
The event was also an opportunity for students to fundraise for charity by holding a huge silent auction with prizes donated from local businesses such as Odeon, Waitrose, Toni and Guy, Red Hot Yoga, Giggling Squid, The Spectrum Leisure Complex, The Rural Life Centre, Positano Restaurant and Fishers Farm – to name but a few! They also raffled off 2 great Christmas Hampers full of sweet and savoury treats. All funds raised will go to the British Red Cross Disaster Fund Appeal.