The inaugural Enniscorthy Vocational College Multicultural Day was held on Friday 12th April. A hugely worthwhile, inclusive event, the Multicultural Day gave each and every student the opportunity to showcase their home nation and educate their fellow students. A total of twenty-three nationalities attend Enniscorthy Vocational College and the countries that were showcased at the Multicultural Day included Australia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Poland, The USA, and Syria to name just a few! Each country had a visual display of all that makes their individual cultures unique and interesting, including fun facts, history and local traditions.
The centrepiece of the day was a food fair, with students and their families, ably assisted by Miss Martina Henderson, preparing national dishes and delicacies from both far-flung countries and ones nearer to home. The school was decorated with national flags representing the twenty-three different nationalities of the school’s students and face-painting was provided by Transition Year students. Lunchtime was filled with music and dance as staff and students entertained those assembled and First Year students participated in a ‘Where in the World’ table quiz throughout the afternoon.
The Multicultural Day created a real opportunity to celebrate both diversity and integration in Enniscorthy Vocational College. To see the pride of students in their native traditions and language was heartwarming. The event, while being a celebration of cultural diversity, also recognised the importance of helping students to acquire skills and positive attitudes to negotiate, communicate and interact with individuals from diverse cultures. Principal Mr. Iain Wickham thanked Ms. Tina Merriman who coordinated the whole event and the staff and students who assisted in a variety of ways in ensuring the day was a tremendous success.