Parents flocked to the Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS) gymnasium to see the performances of their young, talented multicultural children. The gymnasium was stuffed to its maximum capacity with people milling around; parents and teachers chatted, young children ran around trying to find food and the most exciting games, and the senior students and Chinese teachers ran around like mad dogs manning the various booths. Such was Thursday, January 31 at YCIS with the school’s temple fair.
The year 12 students volunteered some of their Service CAS hours to run different booths for the entire day. They came up with their ideas for booths in groups in their Chinese classes with fellow classmates.
There was a paper lantern painting booth, a target shooting booth, a relay with balloons, a dragon dance show, and of course, everyone’s favorite booths: FOOD! There was an array of fruity drinks, a cotton candy and popcorn stand, sausages and egg rolls: vegetable and red bean. Some makeup artists came and painted faces to look like lotus flowers, red and gold flames, and Peking Opera masks.
It was an entertaining, energetic day for everyone. Everyone participated and had fun, regardless if they were there for seven hours or only one. While this event takes place every year, this seems to have been one in which the most people were actively involved and not just standing around. The students eagerly look forward to next year’s festivities.
Photos courtesy of YCIS