October 24 is “United Nations Day” and we, as an international school, were of course bound to celebrate it! (Pictures by Heather PIllar…click to enlarge! )
I have celebrated UN Day before, both in the USA and at my UK school…but it has never felt like this. Our school has students from 53 different countries. For UN day, everyone – from the 2-year-old “play school” students to the 18+ year old seniors, gathered in the gym. Everyone was seated by country. Many students were dressed in traditional dress from their country or had their faces painted in the colors of their flag. Some of the elementary students had hand-made flags to wave; some had painted their faces.
There was a parade of countries, similar to the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Selected students carried their country’s flag and everyone cheered as they walked into the gym.
Finally, it was time for Zambia, our host country. There was a huge cheer…and my little “orchestra” was ready. We played the Zambian National Anthem as everyone sang with great gusto! (That’s me on the clarinet.) The rest of the “orchestra” consists of a trombone, a violin, a snare drum, a rhythm guitar and another clarinet. Hey, it’s a start! We also had a vocalist.
The student council president spoke, and there was some traditional Zambian drumming and dancing!
We also had a surprise visit from the AISL mascot (a leopard!) as we prepared to host the upcoming ISSEA Volleyball Tournament.
We left the gym to partake of a feast – an “international food festival.” I have to say that the parents oputdid themselves…I have never seen so much food! Each table was labeled with the country or area and there was plenty for all!
It was a great way to start our October break! I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to work at this school!