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SCIS Pudong Hosts A Festival of the Arts

February, 2011
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scis-pd-arts-feste589afe69cacShanghai Community International School’s (SCIS) Pudong campus recently hosted the extravaganza “A Festival of the Arts by the Mini for the Many!” It was an evening highlighting the diversity of the school through visual arts, music, dance, and dramatic art. Parents began the evening with a walking tour of student created artwork which included tribal masks, artistic photographs, and beautiful still art all showcased for everyone to enjoy.

After the art gallery walk, the audience was treated to a first-class performance by the entire SCIS lower school student body, with all students playing a vital role. And SCIS students have prepared for months for the performance. The production began with the harmonious Santa Lucia singers from Northern Europe gracing the audience with traditional songs. From there, the students took it away and performed 3 multicultural tales, each representing a different part of the world.

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten staged a traditional West African tale about Anansi, a popular figure in stories due to his cleverness. First and Second graders performed The Stonecutter, a Japanese folktale in which the lead character learns to be content with his life. Finally, our third, fourth, and fifth graders performed The Cat and the Rat, a traditional tale from Jamaica.

The evening marked the accumulation of months of preparation and learning for SCIS students. While the performance was a huge success, the goal was much larger than one night of work. The production was about building an appreciation of what it means to come together as a community and work as a team to experience something that everyone can take pride in. Interweaving the multicultural theme only added to the experience for students, too.

The Multicultural Festival of the Arts further highlighted SCIS’s commitment to educating the whole child. An education in the arts supports not only children’s intellectual development, but also their personal and social development. It strengthens problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and helps students develop self-confidence, self-discipline, and persistence. 

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