From Europe to North and South America, this year’s International Day Celebration at R.E.A.L International School, Cheras Campus did not disappoint with a splendid showcase of food, fun and festive atmosphere. The cultural diversity on show was a treat to the senses; with the sight of six wonderfully-decorated booths offering visitors the tastes and even sounds of the six featured nations, namely Turkey, Greece, Belgium, Sweden, Canada and Argentina.
Held on February 24th this year, the school’s Hall of Character was transformed into a cultural melting pot of sorts, with the possible highlight of the event being the ‘International Fashion Show’ competition in which students of all ages donned costumes from various countries and paraded them on stage with poise, confidence and grace. There were also entertaining performances in the form of traditional and contemporary dance numbers that each represented one of the six countries. They were:
- ‘The Tango’ from Argentina
- ‘Midsommerdans Lush’ from Sweden
- ‘Weirig tag ate Dansey’ from Belgium
- ‘Halal Leginzka Kolbasti’ from Turkey
- Canadian Hip Hop, and
- ‘Sirtaki Fusion’ from Greece
The main feature of every International Day however, are the booths which were decorated with national flags, replicas of world-famous monuments such as Turkey’s Blue Mosque, charts of historical events, trivia, maps, photos and many more; as well as a spread of mouth-watering delicacies such as Belgian waffles, Turkish Delight and Choripan Chileno, among others.
‘Student guides’ were also on hand to entertain and enlighten visitors on their respective countries. These guides came prepared, delivering a wealth of information to their guests with wit, passion and gusto. Collaboration, creativity and communication skills were clearly apparent and honed within the students as they enthusiastically carried out their assigned roles and duties.
As part of its holistic approach to education, R.E.A.L International School, Cheras Campus celebrates its diverse student population by holding International Day every year. President of R.E.A.L Education Group, Mr. Ee Ching Wah (who was present to officially open the event), echoed this sentiment in his speech when he said, “We need to tap on the diversity of our student community. Living in today’s integrated world, it is vital that we nurture global citizens within our schools in preparation for the challenges that lie ahead”. By expanding their students’ knowledge and worldview on other countries and cultures, the school is definitely doing its part in achieving this aim.