VIDEO: Bonfire at Bury St Edmunds school ignites student interest in Kurdish festival

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A Bury St Edmunds school ignited student interest in a Kurdish festival with an eye-catching bonfire.

King Edward VI School held the bonfire on its grounds to celebrate Newroz to mark the Kurdish new year and the coming of spring.

King Edward VI school bonfire to celebrate the famous Kurdish spring festival.  FL; Ex student and now sports instructor at the school James Sturgeon

King Edward VI school bonfire to celebrate the famous Kurdish spring festival. FL; Ex student and now sports instructor at the school James Sturgeon

The festivities came as the school extends its three-year partnership with Iraq after being awarded additional funding from the European Union.

They will receive £35,000 to create 20 one minute teaching and learning videos which will be made available to every Iraqi school.

Two King Edward VI student leaders will visit Erbil in May to help lead a festival of sport, which will bring together all major cities from across Iraq.

Headteacher Geoff Barton said: “It gives a huge insight into a part of the world often misunderstood. It creates real leadership opportunities for students.”

Speaking about the bonfire, assistant head Rob Walden said: “It’s creating a buzz around the school and we’re handing out flyers which tell people about the festival.

“It’s to continue our aim to embrace international values and part of our Church of England status. We want to ensure children can reflect on different religions and cultures.”

Kate Robertson, head of the international school council, added: “Being involved with people from other countries is really interesting and makes the school a bit more diverse.”

 

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