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BISS Puxi at the Huacao Town Art Carnival

13 November 2014

Seven of our students represented our school at the Huacao Town Art Carnival this week. Year 8 student Yuen Ning Chang tells us about the experience.

  • Students from the British International School Shanghai, Puxi entertain crowds with Chinese calligraphy at the Huacao Town Art Festival
  • Students from the British International School Shanghai, Puxi entertain crowds with Chinese calligraphy at the Huacao Town Art Festival
  • Students from the British International School Shanghai, Puxi entertain crowds with Chinese calligraphy at the Huacao Town Art Festival
  • Students from the British International School Shanghai, Puxi entertain crowds with Chinese calligraphy at the Huacao Town Art Festival
  • Students from the British International School Shanghai, Puxi entertain crowds with Chinese calligraphy at the Huacao Town Art Festival

The clock was ticking, the six of us all in different classes and different year groups, were all waiting for the bell to ring for the end of Period 3. The second the bell rang, we rushed down to the dining hall to meet and set off for the Hua Cao local school Art Carnival. Damien, Crystal, Michael, Harry, Mathew and I were chosen to perform calligraphy at the art carnival. A friend from BISS Puxi Primary, Siebe, also joined us.

We were all excited and very happy that we were the representatives for our school. Hua Cao local school had a really big grass football pitch where all the performances were taking place. At the end of the football pitch, we saw a few tables with a large tag saying ‘British International School’. We got out our ink, brushes and paper and warmed up. There was a lot going on - different students from different schools were performing, and everyone was watching. We didn’t think people would really notice us since the performances attracted all the attention, so all we did was setup the equipment.

When Ms. Ma told us to be friendly and to let the other students coming for stamps from our school have a go at writing, Damien caught most of the people’s attention with his loud voice and his humour, and of course with the help of our guitarist Siebe, from the primary school. Just after a few minutes, our corner was crowded; students from local schools, Korean schools and international schools all came over to have a look at what was going on. They were all taking turns to write calligraphy and joking around with Damien and Michael, whilst Crystal, Harry, Mathew and I demonstrated how calligraphy was written.

We seemed to be pretty popular: students and parents were all starting to form lines to take turn to write calligraphy and to get to know the students from the British International School better. Crystal and Mathew were interviewed and we were filmed by a local television station. How cool is that? We were going to be on TV!

We didn’t even really have time to write ourselves; there were too many people and we were all answering their questions, stamping their booklets that were handed out by the local school, as well as teaching them how to write calligraphy, but we all managed to write something. The two and a half hours at the Hua Cao Art Carnival went by really quickly because we had so much fun and it was time to return to school.

Because of the Hua Cao Art Carnival this year, the school gave the seven of us an opportunity to get to know each other better and we quickly became good friends. We all admitted that it was one of the best days so far this year and all of us had great time.

- Yuen Ning Chang, 8U