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International Celebration

20 November 2015

The International Buffet

The International Buffet was in full swing by 11:00am on Wednesday this week thanks to our wondrous team of parents!  Children, teachers, parents, volunteers and support staff were treated to an array of delicacies from around the world from Italy to Australia and India to South Korea.  Every member of our community who was present at our International Celebration was well and truly stuffed after enjoying the dishes offered on the buffet! 

The countries available to taste from were the UK, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, China, Philippines, Vietnam and India!  There were many outstanding comments being made from the children, one particular memorable comment was, “This is the best chicken I have ever tasted!” (Year 6 student).  We would like to thank all of the people involved in putting together the International Buffet, whether it was baking, cooking, preparing or serving on the day, the teachers and children are extremely grateful for your help and support in making this special lunchtime unforgettable.  The experiences and memories made will stay with our children forever, thank you.

Vietnamese Culture Room

Vietnamese room’s display theme this year was Tet-Lunar New Year. The children were eager to know all about many different exciting activities that are normally organized during Tet, such as dragon dance, fireworks display, calligraphy writing and traditional games. The room was decorated colourfully with the traditional flowers “hoa mai” ,“hoa dao” and lots of New Year wishes, which people send to each other during the Tet holiday. The children loved trying the traditional food like sticky rice cakes and candied fruits. This event has been a wonderful celebration for the children and helped them to learn more about their culture.

International Games 

International Celebrations were a lot of fun in the hall on Wednesday.  Eight different games from eight different countries were on offer for students to try out.

The popular Indian game hoopla was enjoyed by everyone with a lot of prizes being won.  An unusual game from Indonesia caused a lot of laughs.  The game involved placing a pencil into a bottle, but using no hands!  Elsewhere there was skipping from France, a see-saw game from South Korea and pin the tail on the donkey from the UK. The Vietnamese game played involved throwing flip flops at tin cans!

By far the most popular game came from Japan. It was of course the sumo-wrestling. Hundreds of students (and teachers) suited up throughout the day to take part in the battle of strength and skill, culminating in an epic battle between Ms Estelle and Ms Chloe to end the last session of the day.

A great day was had by all and a big thank you to all the parents who helped out by organising the games for the students.

International Arts and Crafts

Dazzling displays and colourful costumes combined to create a wonderful International Day spectacle in the TX foyer yesterday. Children were exposed to a varied range of cultures and were able to participate in a wide range of arts and crafts. Henna tattoos, origami and even balloon animals thrilled the children throughout the day. Ms Charlie and Ms Michelle painted children’s faces, Mr Jon made bunting and Ms Jules got showered in glitter as she created crowns with the children. Parents looked stunning in traditional dress and the displays they created were beautiful. It was fantastic to see children so engaged in the event and they learned a lot from what they experienced. We are all looking forward to the next International Day at TX and the amazing array of countries represented in the foyer and throughout the school.

 Flag Parade

The international celebrations at TX drew to a close on Friday with the flag parade. This occasion is a great demonstration of the diversity we enjoy at BIS, the hall filled with the colours of the nations of the TX community. As always, the children, teaching assistants and teachers represented their countries proudly, wearing a variety of outfits from the traditional to the more modern and creative! Led by the flag bearers, parades around the hall were accompanied by the national anthems and fascinating facts about each country, delivered with great gusto by Mr Ian and Ms Mary. Intervals in the parade saw a multi-nation group performing, ‘La Danse des Canards’ and the Indian parents presenting a fashion parade, with special guests Mr John and Mr Mike demonstrating that they have a future on the catwalk!  As a memento of the day, the children have been visiting Mr Tue’s photo booth, where they have had their picture taken in national costume with groups of friends. These pictures are set against a wonderful backdrop which has been created by Ms Charlie and Ms Estelle.

Our international celebration has been a thoroughly enjoyable few days which has seen the children explore various parts of the world, including the familiar as well as some places that they have been introduced to for the first time. In order to make this a memorable time, a huge amount of team effort is required including teachers and teaching assistants, both of whom I would like to offer my personal thanks to for their hard work, patience and flexibility. A special thank you is reserved for all the parents who have come into school to be part of the celebrations, be it as a dancer or as part of a team putting up displays, entertaining the children with games and activities or helping create a delicious buffet. Many thanks to all who have given up their time in order to produce such an entertaining and educational time for the children.

Mr James - International Celebration Team Leader