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‘Amazing Africa’ cultural projects at Silsden's Aire View Infant School
3:00pm Friday 22nd February 2013 in News
Youngsters at a Silsden school enjoyed a variety of fun and creative activities to celebrate and learn about the culture of Africa.
The ‘Amazing Africa’ day at Aire View Infant School also raised more than £140 for a scheme to build primary schools in Gambia, north west Africa.
The day for the five to seven-year-olds was arranged by deputy headteacher Tim Whitehead, and was the culmination of several weeks of school work on the topic of Africa.
This included an assembly by Linda Gunn, a grandparent of an Aire View pupil, who leads the Gambian Schools Project.
Commenting on the day, which was held on February 12, Mr Whitehead said: “I thought it was fantastic – beyond expectations. The staff and the children really loved it.”
He said pupils came into school wearing colourful tie-dye shirts, and took part in mask making, silk and face painting and musical and drama sessions.
Parents were then invited into school to see their children’s African-style creations and to donate towards the project.
Mr Whitehead thanked Silsden Co-op, which donated fruit used in the day’s culinary activities.