Written by Student Executive Vice President Ellie Newsome.
On Tuesday 19th October, the last day before the much needed half term, the Notre Dame community came together to celebrate Culture Day.
Organised by the Student Executive, Culture Day was an event designed to celebrate the diversity of our college and raise money for Black Lives Matter Leeds, a charity that we wished to fundraise for due to it being Black History Month. We certainly achieved both of those goals. Students and teachers alike came dressed proudly in their traditional clothing and participated in the incredible lunchtime fashion show. Through this the Notre Dame community managed to raise an incredible £213.46 for Black Lives Matter Leeds!
The lunchtime fashion show was definitely the highlight of the day. Notre Dame packed the assembly hall to watch it, with people even trying to catch a glance from the doors! A delicious array of cultural food was available to purchase, which went down a treat. Over twenty models worked the runway, showcasing their beautiful traditional clothing and receiving much deserved praise, with a roaring crowd and even hundreds of thousands of likes on TikTok! We enjoyed a showstopping performance from the insanely talented ‘ND Diversity’, who wowed us all with their amazing moves, and listened to the incredible voice of Phoebe Yankey in her singing performance. Sarah Weber closed the show perfectly with a powerful poem about black activists.
Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported Culture Day. Notre Dame is a brilliantly diverse community, and this event was an amazing way to celebrate.