GIS Celebrates International Day 2014

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Garden International School has students and staff from more than 40 countries – and its International Day was a huge celebration of this diversity.

Every year GIS holds an International Day; this year the school extended this tradition to make it more fun and memorable. So from February 24-March 1 there was a whole week of activities.

Students could choose from various cuisines, including some from China, Spain, Russia and Italy. Not only this, but Head of Languages Ms Clifton, who was a key co-ordinator of the event, also added fun activities. All the secondary students were divided into 20 teams (representing countries not currently at GIS) and were given daily challenges. These included making a poster for a given country and building famous monuments of that country from recyclable material.

The Chinese fan dance was beautiful.The Chinese fan dance was beautiful.

There was also a team quiz and team sports like plank racing, human camel racing and volley blanket – but perhaps the most fun was the catwalk competition where students had to come in the native clothing of a given country.

To end this exciting week, GIS held its International Day on March 1. The day kicked off with a Samba Band and was followed by short extracts of all the national anthems of countries represented at GIS. After this, Friends of Garden PTA and teachers had set up food stalls that presented visitors with choices of food from all over the world, including French snails, crocodile and pork pies.

Hat’s amazing!Hat’s amazing!

Students then put on a spectacular show, which included Thai dances, dazzling Spanish dances and a stunning Chinese fan dance, plus a stupendous Indian dance. To end there were some K-Pop performers and a Ceilidh band, which had everyone tapping their feet.

After such stunning performances, Friends of Garden PTA arranged a lavish and delicious lunch for all guests with more foods from around the world.

A young GIS student enjoys International Day.A young GIS student enjoys International Day.

GIS International Day was as colourful as ever.GIS International Day was as colourful as ever.

The Samba band was loud and proud.The Samba band was loud and proud.

Mr Shiells led the Samba Band as it launched International Day at GIS.Mr Shiells led the Samba Band as it launched International Day at GIS.

A Welsh trumpeter was one of the star performers.A Welsh trumpeter was one of the star performers.

Thai students put on a classical performance.Thai students put on a classical performance.

Even GIS’s youngest students joined in the fun.Even GIS’s youngest students joined in the fun.

Chile is one of 41 countries represented at GIS.Chile is one of 41 countries represented at GIS.