Celebrating diversity: All Saints hosts international night

By Eileen D’Andrea


The rich tapestry of cultures that make up the All Saints Catholic School community was showcased on Wednesday night April 24, during the school’s much-anticipated International Night. All Saints families— representing over 35 countries —came together to celebrate and share their unique traditions, cuisines, dances, costumes, and artifacts with fellow students and families, turning the event into a celebration of diversity.

“All Saints is a true microcosm of the world,” said Steven Virgadamo, Head of School. “The celebration of International Night aligns with the core values of our Catholic Faith, promoting unity, diversity and global solidarity. It enriches the educational experience of our scholars, nurtures cultural appreciation and fosters a welcoming community where everyone is valued and respected.”

From the vibrant cultures of Eastern Europe to the rhythmic beats of Central America and Africa, from the picturesque landscapes of Southern Europe to the rich traditions of the UK, Ireland, and beyond, All Saints Catholic School’s International Night truly encompassed the global mosaic of the All Saints community. Each corner of the world was represented, contributing to the kaleidoscope of diversity that illuminated the event.

The beauty of the school’s multicultural landscape was on full display. Students and parents had the opportunity to embark on a global culinary journey, sampling delicacies from different corners of the world, while also immersing themselves in various cultural presentations and performances.

During the event ‘young world travelers’ visited the different countries to learn some facts and have their passport stamped with the country’s flag. The families prepare their own tables and are proud to showcase and share their heritage.

“The event not only served as a platform for cultural exchange but also fostered a sense of unity and understanding among students and their families, highlighting the importance of embracing diversity in today’s interconnected world,” said the evening’s organizer, foreign language teacher Meg Perez.

All Saints principal Linda Dunn expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support and participation, emphasizing the significance of such events in promoting cultural awareness and appreciation within the school community. “International Night is not just about showcasing our differences, but also about celebrating the richness and beauty that comes from our diverse backgrounds,” stated Dunn, underscoring the school’s commitment to nurturing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

“This event provides a first hand look at the diversity of our school population and is designed to promote the importance of multiculturalism and tolerance in our school and in our children’s education,” said Dunn.

As the evening came to a close, it was evident that International Night left a lasting impression on all those in attendance, reinforcing the notion that diversity is not only to be celebrated but also embraced as a source of strength and unity. All Saints Catholic School continues to uphold its tradition of fostering cultural understanding and appreciation, paving the way for a brighter and more inclusive future.