Art Auction @ YCIS Pudong (Babinou's Kandinsky-inspired piece)
We chose to put the Babies in YCIS Pudong because it is one of the smaller international schools in our part of Shanghai. And it puts quite a bit of emphasis on Chinese learning, in fact they have both an English and a Chinese teacher in each classroom.
Global Child Day 2011
Today was Global Child Day in the school. Every nationality in the school had been encouraged to participate either with its own stand, or grouped with a few others to occupy one. This year's theme was "the way it used to be" so every stand would display toys and games that children used to play in the country in question and there would also be demonstrations and/or opportunities for visitors to try their hand at some of the games.
France : Museum of Ancient Toys and Games
Babinette helping out at the French stand. Face drawn by the Brazilians.
There were also country-based costume parades, musical, dance and other performances - and of course a big buffet. No money changed hands on this day except for the art auction (proceeds were to go towards planting trees in Mongolia) and the right of entry consisted basically of bringing a dish to share with everyone. Since I have volunteered to do duty as well as cook for both France and Singapore, I have decided to keep things simple and made Apple Tartlets and Savoury Tartlets (for France) and Kaya Bread (for Singapore).
India : snakes & ladders had been invented by Indians
Japan : very lovely toys and origami
S.E. Asian stand : zero point, 5 stones, sepak takraw...most stands have loads of student volunteers working to consume CAS hours
Every child was given a passport when they entered the Fair. In it you'd find all the different countries participating in the Fair and some information about the country or a toy/game linked to it. Then there was a question on each page. The children were expected to answer the questions and visit all the stands to collect a stamp on each page, plus watch the different demonstrations as well as try out the various toys/games themselves (with the possibility of winning a prize).
My apple tartlets and mini-quiches
Part of the buffet spread
The buffet was BIG. So much food and such an interesting variety of dishes. It was held in the school canteen and basically we were only allowed into it once - unless there should still be food leftover for seconds. I was totally delighted to find kueh lapis among the offerings - thanks to the Indonesian delegation. The S.E. Asians had nasi lemak (sponsored by a restaurant here) and chicken curry, not to forget the very popular sticky rice with mango dessert. I suspect that it was somewhat easier cooking food in quantity here because most will have domestic help.
Nigeria : you can communicate on the drum
Classical music interlude : most schools here have a good music programme
Korean stand : using rice stalks to make toys
Year 1 and 2s painted a few pieces of work for the art auction and Babinou wanted us to bid for his work (that he did with a few other kids). I won the auction and carried his masterpiece home at the end of the Fair - and it's now hanging on the wall next to his bed.