At Global Academy, learning extends beyond the classroom, delving into the rich tapestry of cultures that shape our world. Today, the campus was abuzz with excitement as students came together to celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, gaining insights into its history and significance.
The event, hosted by our Director of Specialism, Jonathan Jacob, commenced with a heartfelt sharing of his Jewish upbringing. His impassioned speech emphasised the importance of cultural awareness in fostering global citizenship. Jonathan handed the floor to Year 12 student Mia, who eloquently detailed the historical origins of Hanukkah, highlighting its enduring message of hope, perseverance, and resilience.
Mia’s insightful discourse underscored the three pillars integral to the Hanukkah period, providing a deeper understanding for all in attendance. Year 10 student Isla continued the session, offering a personal perspective on what the celebration meant to her. She illuminated the significance of traditions such as lighting candles and relishing jelly donuts, adding a delightful touch to the festivities.
Principal Jonty Archibald added a ceremonial touch by lighting two candles on the menorah, inaugurating the first night of Hanukkah. As the glow of the candles illuminated the building, students relished complimentary jam donuts, savoring the essence of the celebration.
This vibrant celebration encapsulated the essence of Global Academy’s commitment to cultural understanding and diversity. By embracing different traditions and narratives, students expand their horizons, fostering empathy and respect for diverse cultures.