The highlight of the week was the gallery of statues and the work that went to make it happen. Students inquired into leaders and role models from their home countries, who had fought for rights and made a difference to the lives of people.
Each student was able to explain how this person was connected to them: how was their life today impacted by this person's actions, maybe decades ago.
On Wednesday, a day before the presentation, there was a lot of excitement in the classroom as students collaborated to make props.
HARUTO: First I was nervous, then I became more nervous because parents came. Finally I was happy because I said my script many times. Odrita helped me make my beard and moustache. I was ITAGAKI TAISUKE. He fought for rights to vote in Japan.
AXEL - I enjoyed talking about my persons.
LINDA: I enjoyed being Aung San Suu Kyi. I learnt from her that she fought for people of Burma.
KAJSA: I liked being Alva Myrdal. She was a Swedish person. She started the first pre-school in Sweden. I was nervous first. Later I was happy.
DARSHAN: I was Mahatma Gandhi. I learnt that he led India to independence from the British Empire. The best part was when we listened to each other in grade three. I presented to 49 people. It was very tiring!!
LIAM: I was Abraham Lincoln. He helped African American be treated fairly. I liked the part where I was on stage.
TAIGA: I was Hatta Yochi. He was an engineer. He made a dam in Taiwan that helped the farmers. I chose him because he looked exciting because I am a little bit interested in buildings. At the end of the presentation I was tired because I spoke to many people.