International Day is always a highlight of the SIS year – at least when Covid doesn’t stop it happening. It was great to be back to a bustling face-to-face event this year, and the main building was packed with fabulous tastes from around the world. The SPC and staff volunteers put on a tremendous show. We’re looking forward to next year already…
Farrah Gillani of the SPC shared these thoughts on the day:
On 23rd April, over 500 SIS parents, students and staff came to honour the beauty of our diversity at SIS on International Day – and what a day it was! Covid has meant that we have been unable to celebrate together as a whole school for almost two years, but we made up for it in style with 27 countries showcasing their best food, customs, and culture. From pizza-making to kimono-wearing, from henna tattoos to fresh Turkish gozleme rolled by experts, there was so much to explore at each table! Students were encouraged to visit a variety of stalls with our ‘passport’ scheme, where a stamp was available at each stall to collect and a prize available for the many, many who completed their passport after visiting 12 countries.
We also had a wonderful entertainment programme, starting in style with the gritos of a Mariachi band and followed by a Korean samulnori by the youngest students at SIS. We were then treated to fashions from around the globe from China to Spain, from South Africa to France, as students modelled homemade outfits and national costumes bearing their flags with pride. The finale was provided by the Indian community at SIS, which ended with everyone invited on stage to dance the afternoon away, Bollywood-style!
International Day was an occasion where we could see in action how much more we are together than the sum of our parts. There was so much warmth in the rooms as families and staff came together to eat, chat, learn and laugh together. The pride and generosity of our amazing community was appreciated by all, and the memories will be treasured for years to come. Thank you to all who participated!