10 March 2014
|Pestalozzi students (L-R): Aravind (India), Dawa (Bhutan), Krishna (Nepal), Nigel (Zimbabwe), Daniel (Belize), Sandra (Uganda), Lobsang (Tibet) and Justin (Zambia). Photo by Mags Alexander.
|Staff members Jonathan and Emilie with Prashant. Photo by Mags Alexander
|Councillor Colin Belsey, Chairman of East Sussex County Council, with Audrey, Nigel, Prashant and Liona. Photo by Mags Alexander.
|Pratiksha performs her poem. Photo by Jonathan Williams.
|Laddoos (Indian sweets) made by Pestalozzi students. Photo by Mags Alexander.
|Washington made a great quizmaster. Photo by Jonathan Williams.
|Pestalozzi Pirates and friends rock out! Photo by Mags Alexander.|
From Belizean spices to Bhutanese relish, contemporary street dance to traditional Nepali steps, Ugandan poetry and the story of King Arthur as told through Zambian eyes, our International Celebration featured a vibrant mix of flavours, music and fashion.
A warm welcome and world food
Speeches, songs and storiesCouncillor Colin Belsey, Chairman of East Sussex County Council, opened proceedings with a short speech praising Pestalozzi’s work with young people from disadvantaged communities around the world.
Some visitors then chose to go on a guided walk around the beautiful Pestalozzi estate, led by facilities manager Alex Whittington.
Brainteasing quizA fiendishly difficult world-knowledge quiz, devised by Pestalozzi students, had guests racking their brains for answers. Did you know that Kali Gandaki gorge in Nepal is the deepest gorge in the world? That Kenneth David Kaunda was the first president of an independent Zambia? Or that the Grey Crowned Crane was chosen as Uganda’s emblem because it contains all the colours of the Ugandan flag?
Marvellous musicThe afternoon wrapped up with a rocking set from the Pestalozzi Pirates – Ugyen Wangchuk (Tibet) on drums, Pradosh Bista (Nepal) on guitar and David Mtonga (Zambia) on vocals – supported by local musicians Bob Walton and Stewart and Louisa Patient (video).
International Celebration is an annual event that gives Pestalozzi students the opportunity to showcase their own cultures and to share their experiences. Pestalozzi has welcomed young people from around the world to the beautiful village of Sedlescombe since the 1950s.
We give scholarships to exceptional young people from disadvantaged communities, allowing them to complete their secondary education and go on to make a difference in the world.
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