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Notes from the Teranga Center

It has been wonderful over the last week or two to see the spirit of Teranga alive and well at ISD. World cultural month is very much underway and it was wonderful to see the Senegalese lunch on Friday epitomising the ideas of sharing and community we continue to develop and enhance at our School. 64 are nationalities represented, and this month celebrated at the front gates every morning as the flags fly demonstrating, in so many colours, our wonderful cultural diversity.

We had 62 football players and 11 coaches representing the school admirably in the recent WAISAL high school football tournament, welcoming teams from 7 of our neighbouring West African countries. Our charismatic dancers and band providing artistic and creative entertainment at the same event. Following on from that we had the high school performance of Macbeth which was wonderfully creative and entertaining, involving many members of our community above and beyond the 7 student actors.

Our school is a busy place and in the coming days we will have the middle school collaborative production of “Kirikou” 60 performers (20 from local schools) across Secondary School. The ongoing growth of the performing arts and sporting activities speaks to a vibrant creative place where it is also important that we take time to rest and relax. A recent quote may be one for us to reflect on as we continue to help our young people find fulfillment and balance.

“ What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance? What of instead we celebrated how much time we had spent listening, pondering, meditating, and enjoying time with the most important people in our lives” Greg McKeown.

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