This year ISH experienced an amazing event, the International Fair, which was slightly tweaked from the usual annual event. The school was transformed into a jovial scene that enhanced and truly depicted the spirit of our community.
The cafeteria, still donning vinyl records hanging from the ceiling for the 60th anniversary celebrations, was completely transformed to a stunning, colourful and diverse hall, with countries from around the world offering their national cuisines. The country stands, with aromatic mouth-watering food and drink, as well as on-going school projects extended to the school foyer and Aula all focused on raising money for various worthy causes.
The event, as with tradition, started off with our delightful ISH Junior School and ECC kids marching through as flag bearers that make up the more than fifty ISH countries. One could not help hold back a joyful tear at the beautiful, colourful and diverse parade that the kids proudly performed.
The International Fair has one purpose. While it’s the most favourite of school events for bringing the community together, it is a fund-raiser for several worthy school external causes such as the “Kinderkrankenhaus Altona” and “Die Arche”. The internal fundraising projects included the Sri Lanka and Tanzania projects for various schools in Asia and Africa, UNICEF Youth (a new ISH student led programme and Kids4Kids.
Aside from the impressive array of national cuisines, countries also donated huge gift baskets full of goodies from their countries and the PTA in cooperation with ISH Marketing & Admissions presented a tombola which was sponsored by various ISH families and business firms mainly based in Hamburg.
A good amount of money that was raised through the Country Baskets, the Tombola, the food stalls and other activities will go towards ISH very own Dragon’s Den, a PTA led initiative that aids in enhancing facilities and acquiring new equipment.
The event was very successful with a huge turnout of people who not only enjoyed sumptuous food but also danced to some cool party hits performed by one of our favourite bands, Elephunk. At no time was the stage empty. ISH students and parents also entertained us with traditional dances and instrumental music performances including little Emma from Junior School who wowed us with her piano recital.
A big thank you goes to the organisers of the event, the PTA, ISH staff, ISH families, Events Committee, students who volunteered and our well-wishers and donors.