On the 18th December 2018 the SIPFLS IB department celebrated their third Intercultural Day. The aim of this festival is to promote diversity, inclusion and the understanding of different cultures. Under the guidance and leadership of the Student Council and IB Events team, students and teachers had worked together for weeks to plan the day’s events and activities, and this year the celebration was bigger and more ambitious than ever. Students represented the culture of 17 different countries from around the world with vibrant costumes and delicious food.
In their opening address, student representatives Jack and Rebecca began the celebrations by warmly welcoming the schoolleaders and parent representatives. A warm welcome was also extended to our numerous sponsors. Collaborating with these wonderful sponsors also gave SIPFLS the chance to work with the surrounding community, whose generous donations contributed to the charitable and communal spirit of day.
Representatives of each of the 17 countries then walked out in their costumes, representing the diversity of culture on display. A crowd favourite was Oscar representing China in traditional Tang Dynasty robes. The IB Dance Club kept the celebrations going by stunning the audience with a J‑Pop dance. This was followed by some amazing performances by our IB music students. The crowd was wowed by solo piano performances by Louisa, Jack, and Charlotte; this was followed by a series of group performance by Ms. Claire, Mr. ChangHao, Mazikeen, Jasmin, Anny and Ms. Fay Donovan with her local folk band. The highlight of the day had to be the amazing Yo-Yo spectacular by primary school student Yu Guan Ting, winning the hearts of all who watched with his display of skill.
Food is always an important aspect of culture and our Intercultural Day celebrations always pays special attention to the culinary arts. Visitors had the opportunity to try our students’ own interpretations of traditional fair such as Japanese Osakayaki, Chinese hotpot, Brazilian BBQ, Mexican burritos with homemade Guacamole, English Tea and Eton Mess with a dragon fruit twist, Scottish Cranachan (absent the Whiskey) and German Beer and Sausages. Guests may have left the event hungry to learn more about the different cultures of the world but no one left hungry for more food!
The guests also learned about sports and traditional games from around the globe and were quizzed at each stand to collect unique stamps from the individual booths as souvenirs in their ‘passports’ when they participated in the activities. Guest who collected stamps from all countries were rewarded with a prized pin to commemorate the day. It was truly a delightful day as we learned about other countries and rejoiced in the diversity of cultures!
We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your attendance and kind support given to the 3rd Intercultural Day held by Suzhou Industrial Park Foreign Language School IB Department. Because of your generosity, we were able to reach our goal of helping Greenway School in Samraong, Cambodia build a classroom, and also benefited the following charities in need – Suzhou Industrial Park Social Service Department (“Warm Winter” Charity Fund”), Changjiang Civilian Education Foundation, Dong Qi Shi Xiao Lin Hope Primary School in Sichuan, and Esperanza de Ana (Ana’s Hope, a foster home for children) in Peru.