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PUPILS at Oak Hill First School have been finding out more about each other as part of a special celebration of cultural diversity.
Who We Are Week, which focuses on different cultures and identities, saw youngsters take part in a number of themed activities and events.
Highlights of the week included a singing lesson with Redditch Gospel Choir and special dance workshops with Bhangra Tots.
Marcia Palmer, headteacher of Oak Hill, said: “This was a real opportunity for both pupils and parents to embrace the diverse culture of Oak Hill First School.”
Redditch Community Forum members such as the Sandycroft Centre, Redditch Chinese Association, Redditch Polish Club and Talking Drums also visited the school throughout the week.
Leader of Redditch Council Carole Gandy, said: “I’m delighted to have been part of Who We are Week.
“It was a great way for pupils to find out about the culture and beliefs of the range of communities both within the school and throughout Redditch.”
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Bhangra Tots can learn as they leap
Kindergarten get Bhangra Surprise
On Wednesday, Westbourne Prep School enjoyed a cultural experience as Mr Sohan Kailey took them on a journey to India. All girls from Nursery, Kindergarten and Reception enjoyed the magic carpet ride to discover more about the country and to experience some Bhangra dancing.
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CHILDREN at Tenacres First School in Redditch were moving to a different beat recently when they had a visit from a trained Bollywood dancer.
Sohan Kailey from Aashiyana Arts spent a day working with pupils from year three, before they staged an afternoon performance of their own for children in reception.
Kate Wells from Tenacres First School, said: “Both the children and the staff thoroughly enjoyed the day.”
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Pupils try their hand at Bhangra dancing
with Sohan Kailey
January 15, 2011
BHANGRA: Primary school pupils found an alternative way of keeping active by trying their hand at Bhangra dancing.
Hillside Primary School, in Baddeley Green, received a visit from dance artist Sohan Kailey, who hosted workshops and an assembly in front of staff and students.
The assembly saw Sohan deliver a presentation on the history of Bhangra dancing before he got the whole room up and moving.
Teacher Kay Kirkham, who organised the event alongside Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Olympic co-ordinator Vanessa Darlington, said the event lifted the school.
She said: "The children loved every second of it, and just couldn't stop smiling."
Sohan is set to visit the school again in March to teach more workshops to students.
Main picture shows, Sohan Kailey with Olivia Cooper, Lucy Carter, and Jake Smith, all aged 10.
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Nursery youngsters go the extra Olympic mile
YOUNGSTERS are going the extra mile – or eight – in aid of an Olympic-themed charity.
Parents and town mayor Trudy Offer watched at Warwick Hospital as children from Busy Bees nursery took part in games and activities such as tug of war and relay races.
The following morning Bhangra Tots dance leader Sohan Kailey from Aashiyana Arts visited the nursery's home in Macbeth Approach to get the children up and active.
It is all part of a Golden Mile challenge in which children are being sponsored to complete a total of eight miles of physical activity.
The national event has been spread over 136 working days, incorporating 136 Busy Bees nurseries nationally, and aims to raise £44,000 for the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust.
Since the beginning of January a child-friendly Olympic-Bee-themed torch has been making its way around the nurseries and will end its journey on July 26, the eve of the London Olympics opening ceremony.
"Bhangra Tots sessions will be laid on to satisfy mini creative spirits."