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BISS Shanghai Celebrates Diversity for International Week

April, 2010
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This year’s International Week continued the tradition of celebrating the wonderful diversity at the British International School, Shanghai. It proved to be an eventful, colorful and memorable week for everyone.biss-intl-day-1s
Throughout the primary school in every classroom there were internationally themed lessons and activities.
The Library was transformed for the week and took on a truly international flair with each year group creating an interactive display about one of the world’s cities. Classes were then given the challenge of completing a Passport to the World – an exciting treasure hunt which took the children around the world as well as completing a fun activity to find the hidden items in each display – finding all the medals in the Vancouver display proved extremely challenging!
Throughout the week each day was designated with a different language – Monday was Spanish, Tuesday Japanese, Wednesday German, Thursday Hindi and Friday was Korean. Children from Years 1 - 6 made recordings that served as mini-lessons for the classes to use and develop their language skills. Even the register was called in these languages and everyone learned so many new words.
The highlight at lunchtime was when the children, teachers and parents got the chance to sample the most delicious food from around the world. This year Catherine Bleger and her team of room mums and parent volunteers did an incredible job of providing food for three International Food Fairs – everyone loved the variety and agreed that it was their favourite lunch ever at school.
The Cultural Showcase was an opportunity for the whole of the primary school to come together and celebrate the internationalism of the school – each year group helped transport people around the world. The finale brought a very special presentation to Jinxing Migrant School - following our fundraising efforts with the Inter House Kuai Mile and the teachers’ sponsored Movember event (growing of facial hair) we presented 12,000 RMB to the school to spend on their library and resources for their classroom.
Sport wasn’t forgotten, and a very popular and enjoyable Mini World Cup Football Tournament was organized – this culminated in a very exciting final between Algeria and Paraguay which ended in the African team winning the replica World Cup trophy.
International Week at always culminates with the International Parade representing 48 different countries and including very colorful Chinese Lion Dancing – a perfect way to end a hugely enjoyable International Week.


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