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Blackfen School for Girls celebrates multiculturalism with special evening
A Blackfen girls’ school held its annual multiculturalism evening, with food, dancing and a fashion show.
Blackfen School for Girls pupils decked themselves out in outfits from across the globe including Spanish, Tamil and Hawaiian.
Flamenco dancers mingled with henna tattoo artists as the girls let their hair down to help raise £500 for the Eureka Child Foundation based in Chennai.
The money will go towards helping street children get an education in the Indian city.
Attendees at the Blackfen Road school on May 16 included Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire and Mayor of Bexley Councillor Sharon Massey.
They were joined by two teachers on a visit from Blackfen’s partner school in India, the Chettinad Hari Shree Vidyalayam school which is also in Chennai.
Blackfen head teacher Matthew Brown said: "As a school Blackfen is committed to celebrating cultural diversity.
"Our international evening is the opportunity for us to showcase this celebration and comes at the end of a week of celebration during which we once again welcomed staff from our partner school in Chennai in India.
"The evening is the culmination of a great deal of work by our students, staff and our local and wider community. "My thanks go to everyone who is involved."
Year 10 student Emily Gilham added: "The event was amazing.
"The performances were brilliant, especially the Turkish belly dancing.
"It was wonderful to try foods from lots of different cultures and it's great to let everyone see how each country celebrates it traditions.
"Sometimes you forget what other cultures have contributed to Britain and it's really interesting to see how food and dancing here has cultural influences from all over the world."
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