Did you know that there are currently students from 50 different nationalities at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS)? As an international school with a mix of cultures from all over the world, our students get used to sharing their traditions, heritage, and thoughts which enriches them and allows them to become global citizens in the future.
April is a special month for us because we celebrate one of the most awaited events of the year – International Day! Students, parents, and staff parents mark the date in their calendar well in advance because it’s a “can’t miss” event.
WISS – A Global Community
The day was awesome – full of sunshine, food, and fun! The big day started with an opening ceremony by the Promotion Division of Xujing Government who delivered an amazing Chinese dance performance.
More than 30 women transformed our front field with passion, color, dance, and movement. But this was only a preview of all the great activities that were waiting for us.
Check out some highlights from this year’s festivities
A Colorful Parade of Flags
One of the most beloved traditions at WISS is the annual International Day Parade of Flags where students and teachers carry the flags representing all the countries found at WISS. As the parade winds around the campus it grows as everyone in the community joins their country group. The many colorful traditional costumes and flags create a vibrant cultural kaleidoscope. It’s a beautiful representation of the diversity as well as the strong community bonds at WISS.
But the Parade of Flags isn’t the only thing to enjoy during our celebration. There are many more things to explore!
Time to Savor Tastes from Around the World
Without having to take a plane or even leaving the campus, attendees got first-hand knowledge about different cultures spanning across five continents.
WISS International Day is also the perfect occasion to taste different food from more than 50 different countries and get to know a little more about their culinary histories.
Each country had its own stand where a variety of dishes, drinks, and desserts was offered to the participants. A perfect event for foodies who could please their palates eating delicious food from all over the world.
Parents volunteers work hard each year preparing food and taking care of the smallest details to get everything ready for this day. A lot of preparation and thought went into the stunning stand decorations which reflected the essence of each country and really made us feel as if we were traveling around the world.
Learn About World Dance Styles at WISS
The stage was set for dance performances from all around the world. We enjoyed watching dances from Spain, Mexico, and Taiwan to name a few. These performances allowed us to enjoy the music and move to the rhythm while appreciating some of the traditional dance costumes. It was a really unique opportunity to enjoy an incomparable spectacle in Shanghai.
WISS Dance Company, Band, and Community Choir Show Off Their Talent
The WISS Dance Company delighted us with stunning dance performances that made everyone move to the beat. WISS Mini’s, WISS Juniors, and WISS Seniors dancers showed all their talent and passion for dance.
The WISS Band was in charge of the live music and students couldn’t have done a better job performing hits from various decades! And the WISS Community Choir touched everyone’s hearts singing emotive choral pieces. Being such a close-knit community allows us to make such beautiful music because everyone in our community – students, staff, and parents are invited to join these groups.
A Multicultural Occasion to Support a Great Cause
The WISS Parent Association is always thinking of ways to get involved in the community. International Day provided the perfect opportunity to use our diversity and creativity to help others. Parents from each country group created beautiful baskets representing their country. The “Country Hampers” were then raffled through a ticket draw for each basket.
The raffled baskets containing delicious treats and special items from each country raised a total of 14,600 RMB for Heart to Heart Charity, with over 730 raffle tickets purchased throughout the day. Heart to Heart is an NGO which provides corrective surgery for children from all over China with congenital heart defects.