YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College
Nearly 1,400 visitors came to our campus for International Night on December 10.
The annual event is organised by YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College (YHKCC), with support from parents and friends and celebrating cultural diversity.
It's an occasion to taste international food, enjoy performances and experience school life. This year, we had 24 food stalls serving a variety of cuisine. They included Chinese barbecue pork, Singapore fried noodles, Korean kimchi noodles, Japanese sushi, French fries with honey mustard, Indian samosas, Pakistani snacks, Mexican chilaquiles rojos (nachos) and chicken on skewers.
The entire school was decked out with national flags. It looked like a mini United Nations, filled with students and guests wearing different ethnic costumes and sharing a part of their own cultures.
Mr Ray Purvis, chief executive of the YMCA of Hong Kong and school supervisor of YHKCC, officiated at the opening ceremony. He was joined by Dr Nick Miller, principal of the Australian International School of Singapore, and Mr Evans Mendonca, chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association.
Mr Dion Chen, acting principal of YHKCC, also helped kick off the ceremony by dotting the eyes of the lion before the lion dance.
'Thank you for coming to YHKCC's International Night,' Mr Purvis said in his opening address.
'It is a wonderful experience to go around and enjoy the food, the costumes and the cultures from various countries. YMCA of Hong Kong is thrilled to be part of the sponsoring body of YHKCC... I hope you enjoy yourself and enjoy being part of the YHKCC's family.'
Then two lions danced through the campus. Two groups of young dancers from India and Nepal also performed to the delight of hundreds of visitors.
The highlight of the evening - which had an airlines theme -
was the International Show. 'Passengers' were greeted at the entrance of the YHKCC biplane.
'Thank you for boarding our YHKCC Airlines,' Mr Chen said. 'This is the fifth consecutive year of organising this fantastic fiesta to celebrate the cross-cultural diversity of our school.
'YHKCC is a mini United Nations providing a harmonious multicultural environment to our students. We have students from over 40 different nationalities.'
The show began with rousing songs by our talented singers and musicians from China, Africa, France, the Philippines and America. More than 100 performances included a Chinese fan dance, martial arts, hip hop, jazz, salsa, Irish tap dance, Indian Bhangra and modern Bollywood and Nepalese Karkalo gava.
The International Night was truly a fitting end to the festive season and will not be easily forgotten.
Marvis Wong, communications officer
St Mark's School
'Packing candygrams is a lot of fun!' the house captain at St Mark's School, Shau Kei Wan, said.
From December 17, a group of house officials was busy packaging candygrams for Operation Santa Claus. When the candies and ribbons had run out, they rushed to buy more. Believe it or not, the most candygrams a person bought was 42!
Elsewhere, a tray of eye-catching, freshly baked diamond cookies was taken from a home economics' oven - filling the classroom with the alluring smell of butter.
The Home Economics Club spent their time during lunch hours and after school baking cookiegrams.
This year, club members made about 700cookies. They chose a new type of cookie - diamond cookies.
After making the dough, they had to put it in the refrigerator overnight. Then, they cut it into pieces and sprinkled sugar on the cookies before baking them.
Burton Leung, one of the chefs, said: 'This is the first time we have ever made this kind of cookie. Making cookies is challenging, as you need to have a good grasp of baking time.'
Everybody enjoyed making the cookies, which tasted great!
Virginia Siu Kit-wing, Press Club committee member
American International School
The American International School held a silver jubilee time capsule ceremony on December 2 to celebrate its 25th anniversary and the grand opening of the new elementary school campus.
Before the ceremony started, the school concert band played A Festival Celebration and a video, A Journey Through the Time Capsule, was shown.
Speeches were given by Dr Beckie Bouchard, the elementary school's principal, Mr Cameron Fox, the head of school, and Allen PF Lee, from the board of directors.
During the ceremony, it was revealed that the time capsule will contain uniforms and other mementos of school life.
The items were sealed in a specially designed stainless-steel box donated by the Parent Teachers' Association.
The time capsule will be opened again in 10 years, at which stage today's Grade Two students will be seniors at the school.
'AIS has come a long way since its establishment in 1986,' Mr Fox said in his welcoming speech. 'The time capsule is a remarkable celebration of this journey, and a wonderful opportunity for the school to reflect on all that it has achieved in the last 25 years.'
After the speeches, the high school dragon dance team performed a traditional dance.
The guests of honour Mr Lee, school supervisor Mr Howard Liang and AIS-PTA president Ms Becky Lau, Dr Bouchard and Mr Fox cut a ribbon to mark the occasion.
After the ceremony, the elementary students returned to their classrooms and enjoyed slices of special birthday cakes.