On Saturday, February 19, International Day 2011 was held in the Regent’s School Pattaya. Students, parents, staff and more than 300 children from our community partners joined together and enjoyed this great annual event. The event started off with the World Cup football tournament being held in the gym with eighteen different countries participating. The final was eventually won for the first time by Bhutan beating a very competitive and unlucky Team Armenia.
As the World Cup Football was in progress in the gym, the two female MCs of the day, Julia and Gerda, warmly welcomed everyone who came to International Day, especially Khun Mechai and the Mechai Patana School our special guests.
Next on the stage was an exciting school event, the Battle of the Bands. Four enthusiastic bands, played by each of the house colours, participated in this competition. All four bands were rocking the stage, making the crowds excited and upbeat. It was really hard to decide who was going to be the winner. However, the three professional judges made a final decision that Yellow House band, who played ‘It’s My Life’ by Bon Jovi, was the winner of Battle of the Bands 2011.
The Regent’s International Fashion Show.
While many visitors explored the 55 different rooms around the school representing the countries of our school’s community and collecting passport stamps the area under the clock tower was filled with amazing traditional food. There were stalls all around the place; filled with varieties of delicious food from more than 20 countries which everyone had an opportunity to taste at very reasonable prices. You also had the chance to taste amazing foods in each country rooms around the Secondary building.
Many thanks must go to the wonderful Regent’s parents and especially Marjolijn Bakker for their support and coordination of the International Cafe every year. Altogether 140,000 baht was raised on International Day to support ongoing Round Square community service projects.
The World Stage was continuously busy throughout the day. After the Battle of the Bands, the highlight of the day was the country performances, with more than 20 individual country performances taking place. Students put a great deal of effort into preparing for these performances; each one was fascinating, creating an engrossed audience as Thailand, Russia, England, Japan, Estonia, Armenia, etc., all took to the stage. I especially enjoyed the performance by Germany and Korea where there was a combination of singing and taekwondo moves being performed at the same time. I also enjoyed the break dancing performed by the Abundant Life Home, one of our community partners who also performed on the stage. The moves they performed engaged me to watch until it was finished. Even the young kids from the home were able to do some professional break dance moves!
After the country performances, the fashion show continued on the stage. There were over 50 countries taking part, one male and one female from each country, which participated in this fashion show and all models looked fantastic and beautiful as they walked elegantly on the stage. It was a great experience to be able to observe, watch and enjoy what each country’s traditional costume looked like.
The start of the flag walk around the oval.
The grand final event, the Parade of Nations, followed right after the fashion show ended. It started off with every country’s sign and flag bearers walking around the oval for one lap with their fellow country men and women behind them. It looked amazing when the sign and flag bearers and all the other people marched around the oval. It also looked impressive and even terrific as people walked and stopped under the tunnel of colourful country flags at the end.
The day ended with great excitement under the tunnel of flags and with the MCs saying many thanks to everyone who had participated and joined the International Day. Although everyone was tired throughout the day, I saw a lot of smiles on people’s faces which showed that they had enjoyed Regent’s International Day 2011.
The colorful flag parade.