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Halloween at Wellington College International Tianjin

December, 2016
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wellington-tianjin-halloweene589afe69cacHalloween celebrations were a delight to see across Wellington College International Tianjin. Junior School pupils paraded their costumes in the morning, as well as sharing some wonderfully imaginative and ghoulish snacks brought in for the occasion from home. Senior pupils worked hard to perfect not only their individual costumes, but also their Houserooms. The latter showed what real teamwork and House spirit can achieve in just a very few days. Houses were transformed into terrifying horror chambers, and decorated in mind-bogglingly imaginative ways. Congratulations go to all the individual costume winners, as well as the Blucher for its immersive terror experience.

Halloween has become an important event in the school’s calendar, not so much for what it represents, but for the way it brings the community together in a shared sense of purpose and bonding. Junior pupils enjoyed their snacks all the more because they had the chance to share them with their peers, learning more about each other and how different nationalities mark Halloween. Senior School pupils of all ages were driven by a common desire to see their own House triumph, and worked as a collective group to make this ambition a reality. Their interaction, and the way that time and again they helped one another overcome the planning and logistical issues involved in transforming their Houserooms, made it a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile day. It is in these ways that Halloween as an event becomes so much more than just the marking of an imported cultural tradition – it really is a time for the community, from youngest to oldest, to come together in a shared purpose. 

 

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