The flags were out, the stage was up and the food stalls were prepared – International Day returned on March 29th at The Regent’s School Pattaya for another year, upholding the school’s tradition of multinational and cultural celebration.
International Day 2013 saw the return of many events that have taken place before, but always with a slight twist. Though the event is the same, as the school community grows and changes it always remains exciting as the number of nationalities that make up our student body expands. This year, 54 different countries were proudly represented.
Traditional costumes are worn by many students.
The Parade of Nations saw a sea of vibrant colours wash over the central stage and continue around the Oval in the form of national flags and traditional national costumes from everywhere ranging from South Korea to South Africa.
The school exploded with life as parents, students and staff participated in many other events of the day, consisting of a fashion show, World Cup football tournament, drama and musical performances, art exhibitions and, of course, the much anticipated international cafe. A wholly justified anticipation as the cafe continued to meet expectations by providing flavours to please every pallet, from the spices of India to British baking.
Signs and flags are held high in the parade of nations.
All nations met and shared facts that made their nations interesting by decorating their country rooms with trinkets, traditional objects and photographs. The aim was to feel as if they were entering the country itself when each visitor entered and received a country stamp in their international day passports.
Despite the hot afternoon, the World Cup took place with 20 teams participating. It was won by the combined skills of Nepal and Afghanistan, earning them the International Day World Cup trophy.
Finally, with the combined warmth of both Thailand’s approaching summer and the community atmosphere, it was unsurprising to learn that visitors were also feeling especially generous as over 200,000 baht was raised by the sales of International Day bands and bags. This amount also includes just over 47,000 baht that was raised by the Early Years painting auction. This will all go towards the Round Square Special Projects fund which will ultimately help the Community Partners.
An Early Years student performs well in the international fashion show.
A student taking part in improvised drama.
One of our youngest performers on the world stage.
Sometimes the flags need adjusting.
Principal Mike Walton (left) in traditional dress with students.
Older and younger students are brought together.
This young man proudly represents his home, Afghanistan, in the Parade of Nations.
Confectionary baked by British mums is a big hit on the day.
Korean students perform a dance.
Beautiful young women proudly wear traditional Japanese clothing.
Mums are happy and on hand to help.
Afghanistan and Nepal have won the World Cup!