College – Issue 41

ROUND SQUARE INTERNATIONAL WEEK Food for thought in diversity

From food trucks and a cooking contest to karakoke and kahoot, fun has a truly international flavour during Round Square International Week at Christ’s College.

A student-driven celebration of cultural diversity, the activity- packed week highlights the value of international connections and a global mindset. On Monday, our College community gathered for an International Languages Chapel Service. Later that day, the interhouse karaoke competition was centre stage, with eight performances in languages from around the world. James Currie – singing in French – took the honours for Somes House, and then repeated his effort at Thursday’s assembly. On Tuesday, the boys vied for the top foodie title during the interhouse cooking competition, whipping up a winning mix while wearing outfits representing their culture. Harper House proved

to be the best cooks, followed by Rolleston and Condell’s House. After school, students, staff and members of the wider College community shared stories of their cultures, including myths, legends and children’s stories. An encore performance took place on Wednesday at lunchtime. That night an inter-school global quiz night, organised by Head of Round Square/International Claude Tellick and his committee, featured about 70 students from College, St Margaret’s College, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, St Andrew’s College, and King’s College in mixed teams. Their collective knowledge was challenged by some tricky questions, with College's Director of Character & Leadership Matt Cortesi expertly running the event and Claude and James the scorers.

Thursday’s school assembly was a Round Square special, entertaining and educative, with Claude as compere, presenting prizes to the winners of the karaoke and cooking contests, and giving a voice to College students of differing cultural backgrounds. Diego Gerbich-Pais, head of Round Square at King’s College, which was visiting during the week, joined in with his story of his school’s Round Square caravan. The caravan serves coffee and hot chocolate on Fridays and helps spread the Round Square messages. Sri Lankan, Japanese, Korean and Scottish – the focus was on interesting details about these nationalities and cultures as shared by students at assembly,

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