Representing Holland; Coco.
Vikings came from Sweden and so does Samuel!
Japan (Meguni) and Vietnam (Katrina) are the
best of friends.
Nicole, Namwan, Carnia and Akangksha are
the colourful representatives from India.
Scottish lasses about to go on stage to perform
a traditional Scottish Dance.
Team America Shalise, Kaylie, Jessie (Canada)
and Liz (l/r).
Kyumin, Yeri, Yerim and Seong Hgaon all dressed
up from South Korea.
The CMIS cast of ‘Into the Woods’ being
performed next month
at Kad Suan Kaew (March 28/29).
Plenty of Thai young ladies. Selina, Napa,
Mint, Kelly, Daisy, Kiri and Tara (l/r).
The Kendo club with members Dongbin, Jonathan,
Sarah and Maya.
Japanese and Korean friends together; Theo,
Naomi. Grace, Julie and Ryan.
Faces were not the only parts of the body being
Segolene, Gabrielle and Julia (l/r).
Chiang Mai International School celebrated cultural diversity this February
22 with its biannual CMIS International Day festival. The event took place
in various areas around the school’s campus, with a cultural show on the
basketball courts, food stalls around the high school building and games and
activities on the football pitch. The opening itself was conducted by two
M.C’s from the student body, Patrick deVos and Katy Williams, both from the
senior class, who introduced the festival and gave a brief description of
the day’s events. Guests and families of the students were welcomed by the
school’s director, Ajarn Supaporn, and by the principal, Terry Gamble. The
cultural show itself began with a welcoming speech by members of the Model
United Nations class. The speeches were followed by traditional performances
both from the cultures of the West and of the East, including a display of
English country dances performed by the Friday Country and Celtic Dancing
Club, a Korean traditional instrument recital by Jang Go, a display of
Punjabi Indian and Assamese dancing, several Thai dances, and a display of
martial arts by the CMIS Kendo Club. Teachers played in bands with the
students, who had previously chosen which country they would like to
represent, and, in many cases, were wearing that country’s national costume,
as were many of the guests! The backdrop of the stage itself was decorated
with large national flags of all the countries represented at the festival.
Once the performances were over, the food stalls began serving, and visitors
were able to enjoy traditional cuisine from 18 different countries,
including Africa, Australia, France, India, Mexico, the Philippines, Vietnam
and the UK, at between 10 and 30 baht per dish. Many countries’ booths also
offered activities native to their culture, including Karaoke from the
Philippines, hockey from Canada, hopscotch and jump rope from Vietnam, and
sack races and a tug-o’-war from the USA. The Model United Nations class
offered several displays representing this year’s conference theme,
“Tribalism and Indigenous People”. Powerpoint presentations of various
topics and other visual aids were used to inform visitors about the class
itself, and about world events. Another enjoyable activity provided by MUN
and the Planeteers was face painting for children.
Visitors were encouraged to walk around and to enjoy the beautifully set up
booths from all the different countries, with their displays of traditional
products and other items.
The entire festival was organised by the school’s Parent Teacher Group, and
at the end of the day, it was agreed by the more than 500 visitors as well
as by the staff and students of the school, that the festival had been both
enjoyable and successful.
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fete, performance, special occasion, please contact:
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help you make it a little bit more special.