Cultural days – Celebrating Cameroon and Portugal!
BSix College is well known for not only its diversity, but the way in which the students and staff celebrate and share in each other’s cultures. Recent events at the college have focused on a celebration of Cameroon and Portugal.
Cameroon celebrations took place on Friday 22nd May and students were treated to a visit from a special guest & performer, Nu Nyake (aka Serge) who captivated his audience with the following programme:
With a finale performance of music from Cameroon
- Greetings from Cameroon
- Drums performance
- Poetry performance
- An inspirational talk
- An opportunity to be taught how to play the drums
BSix students gave a very warm welcome and were fascinated by the experience, commenting that:
“I think it was really educational to learn in this way about a different culture. It was lovely to see the dancing and the drumming. I think this should happen even more often than it does!”
“I really enjoyed the drumming! It made my day after my exam. Thank you!”
Special Cameroon guest of honour, Serge, said that it had been a rewarding experience for him also and that he was delighted to have had the opportunity to inspire and share Cameroon culture with BSix Students.
BSix College would like to say a special thank you to Ralph, Serge and the Cameroon Forum Community, without whose help this beneficial educational event for our students would not have been possible.
Find out more about Serge’s community work here: www.artisanscrepier.com
Find out more about the Cameroon Forum Community here: www.cameroon-forum.org/
On Wednesday 3rd June we moved to a different continent to celebrate Portugal, this was in response to popular demand from our contingent of Portuguese students! BSix was treated to Portuguese music performed by visiting musician Fred Castro and our own students dedicated their time to rehearsing and performing a dance piece.
World of Work Coordinator, Monica Gomes, who arranged for the guest artist said that,
‘I am so pleased the event was a success and the musician was able to engage & touch some of our student’s hearts by bringing the Portuguese culture and music to life. A big thank you to Fred Castro for taking the time to be here with us. I also want to thank our Portuguese students who gave up their time to practice and performed with such confidence in front of their peers!’
The BSix Student voice feedback from the event was, as ever, 100% positive with students saying:
Raquel said “It’s important to have the Portugal day so we can share our culture and costumes as the other nationalities do. It’s also really interesting to involve the students to keep them interacting with others.”
Marise, one of the Portuguese student performers commented saying, “It is important to have events like this at College to celebrate different countries. We were keen therefore to celebrate our country as well so the other students from other countries may know more about Portugal in terms of gastronomy, music and so on.”
Kelce said, “These type of events are important because it shows more about people in Portugal and also to show to the rest of the students a little bit more about this amazing country.”
Other comments included:
“I enjoyed today’s event and I think it is important to have these events so we can get to know about other cultures …and it brings a good vibe to people in College!’
“I really enjoyed today’s event because I have learnt about Portuguese culture and music. It should always happen in our College. I love to learn something new every day.”
‘The student’s performance was good. I have watched them perform during rehearsal a couple of times and they were well organised. Well done!’