24 Apr 2018

Annual International Fiesta 2018

Published by Rob Lamers

International Fiesta 2018

The International Fiesta (IF) is the biggest, most popular and most highly anticipated school event at Stamford American International School on the school calendar! It is an amazing celebration of the vast cultural diversity at Stamford. We have families from more than 70 different countries and the Fiesta is a fantastic showcase of the wonderful and unique cultures that our international community celebrates and showcased through performances, crafts, sport and of course food.

The Fiesta took place over four days during school hours from Monday March 26th to Thursday March 29th at the Woodleigh and Village campuses.

Our parent community were as usual in full force supporting all the activities as they shared unique features of their homeland.

The Fiesta started at Woodleigh with games and crafts on Monday. Elementary and Secondary Students tried their hands at the Korean taku or arrow-throwing, Myanmar's jade bead-threading, Japanese origami, crown, hats, postcards decorating, and a Dead Sea face (mask) painting! At the Stamford Yard, we saw students dance along to Indian, Polynesian, American and other performances. The Secondary Service Clubs made use of the opportunity to reflect and promote the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals through engaging activities for the students. The Eco-School also set up booths to involve students by asking everyone to bring their own food containers. With ABBA blasting off loud speakers for a Fiesta-style musical chair, the atmosphere was certainly loud and fun! The field was also packed with action as students tried cultural-specific sports such as rugby and futsal. The Norwegian cross-country skis looked very similar to the Indonesian traditional game of Bakiak!  

On Tuesday, in great excitement, Kindergarten 2 to Grade 12 Students armed with large recyclable food boxes, filed into Jefferson Arena for the International Buffet. The spread and choices seemed never ending! In addition to pancakes, dumplings, sweets and savoury items, there were many new dishes to sample as well. At the end of a very satisfying (delicious) day, we estimated that close to 30,000 servings of food, including 15kg of Belgian chocolates were served! 

On Wednesday our Elementary and Secondary Students took part in the Parade of Nations – and proudly marched into the Jefferson Arena sporting their national costumes/colors and national flags. Some countries had a large representation but quite a few had only a single student – however big or small, each country was warmly welcomed and cheered on by fellow students. Many parents made time to join in the parade, cheering with the students. This year, we also had the United Nations flag represented in the parades for the first time, and this was brought in by students in the Model United Nations Club.

On the final day of the IF, our younger preschool students at the Early Learning Village had their very own Fiesta Parade and Picnic! The sights, sounds and atmosphere were just as festive as teachers, parents and our students dressed up in their favorite national costume to mark the celebrations. The morning’s festivities kicked off with a resounding performance by our Suzuki Violin students. This was greeted by loud applause from our parents in appreciation of our talented students. This performance was then followed by the IF parade as students marched into the Hive with their classmates. Emcees Ms. Brittany and Mr. Ben shared fun facts about each country as families and the students cheered each other on. Not to be outdone, the Early Year’s Picnic was full of variety, color and taste! We thank all parents who helped and joined in the celebrations to make this a great first International Fiesta at the Village!

We can’t wait for next year!

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