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Helping new families integrate in Luxembourg

2 min. 20.09.2015 From our online archive
St George’s in Hamm on Saturday hosted its first ‘Freshers and Followers’ event to welcome new families to the school, and give them a flavour of what both the school and the community in Luxembourg has to offer them.

by Sarita Rao

St George’s in Hamm on Saturday hosted its first ‘Freshers and Followers’ event to welcome new families to the school, and give them a flavour of what both the school and the community in Luxembourg has to offer them.

“While the school does everything to welcome new pupils into the class, we did not have an event to welcome families and help them integrate into the Luxembourg community,” explains School Principal, Dr Christian Barkei.

He tells me that each year the school welcomes some 150 new families from across the world, many of whom are not fluent in one of the three official languages of Luxembourg, adding: “It’s an opportunity for them to find out about the 60 or so clubs and extra-curricular activities run by the school, but also discover what is on offer from local sports associations and societies.”

In addition to bouncy castles, kids were invited to take part in games and dance sessions, whilst parents browsed the 30 stands which included book shops, parent support groups such as Passage and Kanner Jungend Telephon, a raft of sports clubs for children and adults, and social networks such as the British Ladies Club and American Women’s Club.

The initiative, a firm new addition to the St George’s calendar, was organised by the parent teacher association Friends of St George’s who play an active role in improving school life.

“Arriving in a new country can be tough, and some families don’t find it easy to make connections with other parents or don’t know how to find out about the support available in the wider Luxembourg community,” says Lynn Frank, organiser of the event and an active member of Friends of St George’s.

Showing her appreciation, new parent Shuxiao Sun commented: “We have not had many opportunities to meet other parents and we are keen as a family to assimilate the culture of Luxembourg, so this event has been really helpful.”

St George’s has approximately 700 students from 500 families including 15 Luxembourgish families. It regularly runs events such as school fetes which are open to all to attend. For more information  visit the website: www.st-georges.lu

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