Cultural Appreciation Day is an annual Loreto College event when students and staff get together to celebrate our rich and diverse college community. Students are encouraged to wear traditional clothing and share their food, music and artistry with their peers. Excitement had been building steadily for days, encouraged by a week long social media campaign featuring students and teachers sharing their personal views on their culture, which was also displayed digitally around campus. When the day finally arrived at the end of April, the campus was awash with wonderfully attired students (and staff), sporting big smiles and bags of enthusiasm that lasted all day.

As always, the event culminated in a culturally attired fashion show at lunchtime, with a crowd of 300+ students gathering in the sports hall to watch and cheer on their friends, as they proudly strutted and danced along the catwalk to their music of choice, while a student MC voiced their thoughts on what their culture meant to them. We had representations from countries such as:

  • Colombia
  • Nigeria
  • Ghana
  • Cameroon
  • Ethiopia
  • Sudan
  • China
  • Uzbekistan
  • Afghanistan
  • Syria
  • Lebanon
  • Palestine
  • Kurdistan
  • Iraq
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Mauritius
  • Bosnia
  • Kosovo

The joyful, celebratory atmosphere surrounded the student stalls too, where L6 student Amber, showcased her talents and culture with the art of Henna on very willing students during break times. L6 student Mia alongside U6 student Rachael and friends baked a variety of treats from different countries which they freely shared.

Thank you to all students and staff who got involved throughout the week and made this such a joyous celebration of our incredible Loreto Community.