A Celebration of Diversity through the Arts
The event, which was organised by the Association of Northamptonshire Supplementary Schools (ANSS Ltd.) and took place at Northampton High School. It was a wonderful opportunity for the children and young people to showcase their talents.
There are currently 23 member supplementary schools in Northamptonshire. In Northampton members include the Arabic, two Bengali, Chinese, Ghanaian, Greek, Gujarati, Latvian, Lituanian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Tamil and Ukrainian schools. In Corby there are Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Serbian schools. In Kettering we have a Polish school and our centre in Wellingborough comprises Gujarati, Polish and WACA (African Caribbean).
'We are certain you will thoroughly enjoy the performances and maybe even learn a little something you didn’t already know about a different community’ said Yasmin Abouzanad from the ANSS Youth Forum. ‘The schools partaking have been working long and hard to produce something to share with you all today that shows something about their culture and tradition and we hope you have as great a time watching them as we have had and enjoy the show.’
Jane Badger and Wray Irwin from the University of Northampton presented the ANSS Youth Forum with the prestigious Ruby Changemaker Student Award. Wray Irwin said ‘This is in recognition of their work in successfully setting up a Youth Forum to give a voice to the young people who attend supplementary schools.’
Cllr June Derbyshire, the Deputy Mayor of Kettering, praised the young people’s performances as well as their attitude, respect and enthusiasm for learning.
The Mayor of Corby, Cllr Anthony Dady, pointed out how much commitment and enthusiasm the students showed for maintaining their culture and language learning.
The Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Jim Bass, highlighted how vital it was to understand the importance of attending a supplementary school to give young people the best possible start in life.
All schools who took part are members of the Association of Northamptonshire Supplementary Schools, the umbrella organisation that supports their work. The ANSS ensures that staff have enhanced DBS clearance and offer training and support in all areas, including first aid, child protection and safeguarding.
The member supplementary schools who took part in Saturday's performance were:
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