ISC-Suleimaniah Students Celebrate the Kurdish New Year

On Wednesday, March 24, 2010, the International School of Choueifat-Suleimaniah (ISC-Suleimaniah) celebrated Norooz, the Kurdish New Year, which marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Kurdish calendar. With the help of Kurdish teachers, students in grades 1 to 4 organized and participated in an event showcasing traditional Norooz costumes, festive food, and singing for their parents.

Signifying life and new beginnings, the Norooz celebration was especially meaningful at ISC-Suleimaniah. "The event was a perfect chance to welcome parents with a brief speech that included our appreciation of them for trusting in us during our first year of operation," said  ISC-Suleimaniah School Director, Mr. John Nicholson. "It is a new beginning for all of us as a family, which matches the Norooz idea of the Kurdish New Year starting with the advent of spring."

The opening speech was followed by singing and dancing. The students sang the Kurdish national anthem as well as two other songs and participated in a traditional dance involving the guests.

The event concluded with a meal encompassing festive Norooz food, where parents, staff, and students had a chance to socialize and get to know each other better. "The event was very successful and the students, staff, and parents really felt part of the new and growing  ISC-Suleimaniah community," commented an ISC-Suleimaniah administrator.

 ISC-Suleimaniah is one of two private schools managed by SABIS® in Kurdistan. The school contributes to raising the standard of education and rebuilding the nation by providing a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and experiences.

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