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World in Motion

Posted on June 22 2018

I was rather saddened to hear that England does not have an official world cup song for this year’s 2018 Russia World Cup. I know there have been many duds in the past, the less that is said about the Spice Girls’ 1998 effort ‘We’re on top of the world’ the better! However, England’s most successful football tournaments of recent times included a rousing song to coincide with the competition. Who could forget The Lightning Seeds colossal anthem ‘Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home)’ during Euro 1996 and also, a personal favourite of mine, New Order’s ‘World in Motion’ from Italia 1990?


There’s nothing quite like an international sporting competition to bring the nation together.  The 2018 Russia World Cup has had a positive effect on people across the globe as so many nations are taking part this year.  Whether you usually follow football as a sport or not, most families, friends, (young and old) have joined together to watch England take part in the competition and cheer on the three lions this week, with such an emphatic 2-1 win over Tunisia. Unless of course you were otherwise engaged at an amazing performance of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at the Garrick Theatre of course! The three lions of England are very well supported at Forest Park, but we also have a diverse school community with families supporting Spain, France, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Iran and many more teams from around the globe.

This week has seen school assemblies and class lessons based around the World Cup to engage learners and place their learning within a real life context. As part of the 2018 Russia World Cup 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 heavily 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 and enhances their learning environment. Pupils learn to interact with one another 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 who happily embraces the cultures and beliefs of others.

Nick Tucker

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