International Food Festival
Whilst we brought the familiar spirit and fun to this year’s International Day, there were of course some changes due to Covid restrictions. In true BIS style our parents, teachers and students innovated and in doing so made things even better.
One such innovation was our first ever outdoor International Food Festival. Instead of our usual country rooms each parent group ran a food stall and activities celebrating their home country.
The sounds, smells, tastes, laughter and dancing were stunning as our parents and teacher country groups came together to put on a wonderful array of colourful stalls to represent their home country.
A real highlight of the Food festival were the accompanying cultural performances- parents, students and teachers produced some enchanting and energetic performances from traditional Indian dance to Latin American Salsa - the energy was palpable and captured wonderfully the BIS spirit - a spirit that not even a rain storm could dampen!
Parade of Nations
Our International Day traditionally begins with the whole school coming together for the Parade of Nations. This year we divided into 4 smaller parades based in the Theatre. This meant even more students had the honour of carrying their home nation’s flag and receiving the welcoming cheers of their fellow students. We celebrate the meaning and identity that a nation's flag represents, and the fact that each of these 55 individual identities together make our International Community.
Internationalism STEAM Activity
One tile per student. One mosaic to represent the internationalism of our BIS Community. The STEAM team raised the bar this year, with our incredible Secondary Campus Mosaic activity. Every student in Secondary made a tile representing what internationalism means to them. This was then brought together into one huge mosaic. Thank you to the STEAM team and our maintenance and support staff for such a great activity.
International Day House Quiz
After creating connections through building together, our students then made further connections and demonstrated their international knowledge in our International Day House Quiz set by our resident Quizmaster, Mr Gamwell. A huge thanks to Mr Gamwell and our inspirational Heads of House for running this part of the day.
One of my favourite parts of International Day is always the wonderful costumes that our students prepare to celebrate their national identity. The creativity was on show once again with some amazing costumes on display in our international day fashion show.
Our first ever Youtube Live broadcast of our Culture Show brought this year’s culture show to a truly global audience.
We were treated to a feast of performance by students from across the campus with a huge range of song and dance from the traditional to the modern, the moving to the energetic this year’s show was a fantastic representation of BIS. Our students rehearse for weeks to get ready for International Day-and it shows with the simply stunning performances.