Parents Council Launches Intercultural Programme At Mercy Mounthawk

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Students and members of the Parents Council launching ‘A Polish Christmas’ which takes place in the school next week.

MERCY Mounthawk Parents’ Council has launched an Intercultural Programme that will take place in the academic year 2019/2020.

And to kick it off, there’s a ‘A Polish Christmas’ being hosted by two parents in the school next Thursday, December 5 at 7.30pm.

This will be a celebration of traditional Polish recipes and dishes as well as the customs and traditions in Poland at Christmas time.

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Over the coming months in the school, parents from different cultures within the school community will host a series of cookery demonstrations and tastings for the other parents/guardians.

These events will take place in the Home Economics room in the school so that traditional dishes can be cooked in front of the audience who can then sample the foods. The programme will culminate in an Intercultural Evening within the school.

“The events are designed to provide a welcoming environment for parents and guardians from all cultures, and opportunities for us to mingle and get to know each other through a shared interest in food,” said Rachel Fitzgerald, Chairperson of Mercy Mounthawk Parents’ Council.

“We are delighted that the Parents’ Council have organised these events that are building on the success of last year’s inaugural Intercultural Evening organised by the Intercultural Committee of students and staff to celebrate Interculturalism at Mercy Mounthawk and to focus on student individuality and identity in memory of the great work of our teacher, friend and colleague Martha Brassil,” said John O’Roarke, Principal of Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School.

Working closely with the staff and the parents in the school, the Parents’ Council will continue with cookery demonstrations of the food from Nigeria, Ireland and Pakistan in the New Year. This project is funded by the Communities Integration Fund.

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