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PTG: Spotlight on International Day

It was great to see STA Community members enjoying the relaxed atmosphere at Wishbeer during our first Friday Night Drinks session of the school year. In this week’s article, we put the spotlight on International Day and the food hall that parents work so hard to create.

International Day

International Day has long been a fixture on the school calendar and wouldn’t be complete without the food hall for students and teachers. This year, International Day takes place at High School on Fri 11 Oct and at Primary School on Fri 18 Oct.

After the morning’s activities, students and teachers dressed in national costume pile into the food hall to sample dishes from up to 26 countries. Ozzie Sausage Sizzle, anyone? Or Korean kimchi, German Kartoffelsalat, and Indian Tandoori Chicken? Not to mention Turkish ezme, Philippine palitaw, Swedish köttbullar, Japanese kare raisu, or, from the UK, fish and chips? And while everybody knows French crèpes or Belgian waffles, had you ever heard of Flemish Carbonnade? Last year we even had Baobab juice from Madagascar, Jellof rice from Nigeria, and Shopska salad from Bulgaria.

The mouth-watering offerings would not be possible without – I cannot stress this enough – the absolutely huge effort of those parents who step forward to participate. Every year, the PTG calls for parents to volunteer to take on the task of Country Representative. The Country Reps then reach out to all parents of their nationality to coordinate the offerings. If you haven’t been contacted, please write to Sarah and Anja at and we’ll connect you. (And you don’t need to be a passport holder of a particular country to participate – anywhere you identify with is fine!) 

In Primary School, we now have 26 out of 43 countries participating:

Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA

In High School, we have 25 out of 49 countries participating:

Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the parents contributing to either PS or HS International Day – or, in some cases, both. We know how much work goes into organizing each national table, purchasing ingredients, and slaving over a hot stove the evening before hundreds of hungry students descend upon your stalls. International Day is a great cooperative effort on the part of the participating parents and it absolutely would not be possible without you. A special shout-out to those parents helping at PS or HS even if they haven’t got children at that campus. For example, the Swiss table. With only a few Swiss students at Primary, the Chocolate Fountain – much loved by the children – could not happen without the support, also financial, of the Swiss High School parents.

Tina Hirschbuehl
PTG Chair