International Evening was once again a HUGE success. Year on year, this event just gets better and better and that’s absolutely down to the shared ownership between the school and the parent community.
The teachers and children created some beautiful displays of their international studies with some truly stunning pieces exhibited covering Arctic/Antarctica, North America, Africa, South Asia, East Asia, South America and Oceania. Huge thanks to Ana Chapela for co-ordinating it all. Our Global School also joined the exhibition with a table dedicated to our partnership with Gambian school Mbollet Ba, including a wonderfully insightful video from the last trip and some art the children of Mbollet Ba created with Lynne Whiteread whilst she was there.
This year, we were inundated with children wanting to perform so the children were auditioned for the prestigious event. Huge thanks to Miss Jones (year 4) and Miss Young for organising and hosting the auditions and then making the difficult decisions as to who would perform on the night. We had performances of Brazilian and Japanese movement; Sri-Lankan, South American and Persian singing; Dutch and American instrumentals; international medleys by New Voices and Salusbury Singers; and even a newly composed song and dance from Year 5 children to name but a few! One particular highlight was the Year 5 African Drumming Circle. Over recent years, the African drumming at the school has reduced but with a refreshed music offering from September, Brent Music Service will be bringing it back and wanted to give us a taste of what to expect! The Year 5 performers did such a great job with just one lesson – we can’t wait to see what many lessons can produce! We were also treated to a Flamenco performance by the professionals who hosted a workshop at the school during the day for the children – sadly time didn’t allow for the workshop with them we had planned but something for next year and another wonderful performance.
With all that going on in the canteen, the food stalls were a bit quiet to begin with, but soon were swamped – thank goodness we had some wonderful international delicacies donated by our fabulous parent community. We separated the food stalls out into year groups to prevent long queues which was hugely successful and just when everyone thought we’d run out of food, we brought out the pizzas and donation from Chartwells who cooked up huge trays of rice, curry and chicken wings amongst other items! Massive thanks for the generous donation Dion and team at Chartwells! Huge thanks also to the kitchen team who were churning out snacks and pizzas all evening – some were complete newbies to mass catering but all had a ball with our fearless catering lead Simone!
Thank you to everyone who helped on a stall or donated some food and special thanks to the children and teachers for putting on such a wonderful exhibition and performance. Below are just a few photos from the night. We can’t wait for International Evening 2018/19!