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Thornden School hosts its very first Iftar meal

Last week, Thornden School welcomed its parent and pupil community to enjoy an Iftar Ramadan meal together - a traditional community meal for Muslims to break their fast after sunset during the Ramadan period. 

The school’s Muslim students and their families came together to break their fast with dates and a drink followed by prayer. After this, all guests sat down to enjoy a lentil curry with bread and samosas provided by local community groups. 

The meal was an opportunity for the whole school community to come together and celebrate Ramadan. Invites were sent out to all students - regardless of their cultural background. 

Headteacher at Thornden School Caroline Lowing has said she was thrilled to see so many guests at the meal. 

Caroline added: “This meal means so much to our students - one student came to thank me and said she just couldn’t believe that this was happening at her school.

“Thornden is a really diverse school with a range of students from different backgrounds and cultures. We want students to be able to bring their whole authentic selves to school.

“The meal was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our community. In the future, we want to plan a whole calendar of events like this one to bring together our parent and pupil communities.”