MADD for it

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 May, 2006, 12:00am

Vanessa Wong and Alexandra Murray-Tacon, both eight, play with Maori sticks as their friends go crazy with art at the German Swiss International School on the Peak during the primary section's 'Lets go MADD in arts week', devoted to music, art, drama and dance.

About 500 pupils in the German and international streams participated in 45 different activities, from New Zealand Haka dancing and instrument-making to maypole dancing and drama. Some also visited the Hong Kong Museum of Art and saw German music prodigy Daniel Roehm's solo piano concert at the City Hall.

Lessons were suspended for three days and children set their own timetables. Music teacher Gail Harban said: 'We have been impressed with the level of the children's independence. They have been so engaged in the activities.'

Byron Sun, six, Anna Kothuis, five, and Kimberley Schutz, six, (below left) perform in a classroom play while Vanessa Kranich, eight, Lea Wahlhauser, seven, and Sophie Van Rohr, seven, make papier mache musical instruments.