Student Work

What a Culture Day

By November 16, 2017 September 11th, 2019 No Comments

As you know, Belize is a melting pot of different cultures. Part of the school curriculum is learn about the differences of these cultures, and celebrate that Belize is one nation with many cultures.

On Culture Day, students dress up in the traditional costume of any of the people groups of Belize. As you can see, our students dressed up in style. We had Mayan, Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, Chinese, East Indian,  and Mennonite. What a mix!

Culture Show

Students then put on a culture show. The skits and dances were amazing!

Students depict the arrival by boat of the Garifuna people to Belize.

Next we enjoyed a traditional Garifuna dance, complete with drums. The children really knew their moves!

Students highlighted the diversity of culture in Belize, greeting a ‘tourist’ in many different languages.

Next the parents of our preschool students showed their skills dancing the traditional punta to roaring cheers of the students.

The next act showed the Mayan people enjoying their culture until the arrival of the conquistadors. First they were beaten, then stripped of their identity (shown by headpieces) and finally converted to Christianity.

A second Mayan skit showed more modern Maya engaged in everyday tasks of washing by the river and working the fields. Another people group want to take their land, but the Maya stand up for their land rights and prevail.

Next was a fun Mestizo dance. The girls began the dance and then the boys joined them.

The last piece was a Creole poem about a turkey who was attacked by the dog. Villages then beat off the dog, but not in time to save the Turkey. The students then danced.

The students really enjoyed the show.