“You Are Never Too Young to Promote Peace and Justice”
With this message ASH Director Courtney Lowe, last Friday, launched the community into International Festival. This year’s festival had the special theme of peace and justice, honoring our school’s location near The Hague, the international city of peace and justice, and a key pillar of the #ASHexperience. Speaking to a large crowd of ASH students, parents, and staff, Dr. Lowe’s overall message focused on the fact that peace and justice start with our own actions - especially looking out for the needs of our neighbors, wherever they “come from.” He emphasized that although we have different countries, cultures, and languages, so many of our needs are the same.
Dr. Lowe also focused on the great work our students do in the community to meet others’ needs and foster an inclusive mindset, such as volunteering at The Hague food bank and with refugees in Wassenaar. He concluded by putting a challenge forward to everyone to think about how they might spread peace and justice in their everyday lives.
Following Dr. Lowe’s message and a presentation from some of our student leaders, the festival opened with a flag parade around the sports hall, which was dotted with country tables displaying national dishes, specialty drinks, and decorations. Following the parade of nations, there were a number of traditional performances showcasing our community’s many talents and diverse backgrounds.
The International Festival was a world of multicultural family fun, where the entire community united through our shared humanity. Thank you to the PTO for organizing such an inspiring celebration; to all country table volunteers, whose hard work transformed the sports hall into a feast of delicious dishes and drinks, and fun games and crafts from around the world. And of course none of this would be possible without the help from our concierge and security teams, and all of you, our community!