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All Together Now

Posted on June 24 2016

There’s nothing like an international sporting competition to bring the nation together.  Euro 2016 has had a positive effect on people across the United Kingdom as so many of the home nations are taking part this year (sorry Scotland).  Whether you usually follow football as a sport or not, most families, friends, young and old have joined one another to watch their nation take part in the competition and cheer on their national team this month.  For most of the home nations too, the results have been positive and therefore, there is a feel good factor amongst many of the communities involved.

I remember watching England take on Germany in the World Cup in 1990 and during Euro 1996 at school with great fondness, despite the end result, and still discuss these great memories with friends now.  I also recall the early morning kick off games during the World Cup in Korea and Japan in 2002 when a school I was working at opened early and invited the pupils in to watch the many of the scheduled matches.  Therefore, when the opportunity arose to screen one of the Euro 2016 games at Forest Park it was an easy decision to make.  Consequently, Thursday was one of the highlights of the school year as our own Forest Park community came together to watch the England v Wales match in the school hall.  The children had a wonderful time watching the game and I am sure it will be a memory they will savour for years to come.

This week has also seen school assemblies and class lessons based around the Euro Championships. As part of the Euro 2016 celebrations, the children have been hard at work learning about the different countries taking part.  They have studied the culture and diversity of these places and how, as a leading nation, England has such a rich and diverse culture itself.  The food we eat, the clothes we wear and the music we listen to have been influenced by the different cultures that have come to our country over the years and England has grown as a result.

The same can be said about Forest Park.  We have a rich diversity of pupils and parents in school.  It is a big benefit to the school and we regularly take advantage of the differing cultures and religions within our community.  Building links with parents as well as the wider community greatly benefits the children here.  Pupils learn to interact within in a multicultural society and understand that every child matters.  The Forest Park family is one where every child is valued and where every child can learn to be an individual.

Nick Tucker

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