Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 TKSS International Friendship Week

~ Article contributed by Kalpana K

31st March to 4th April 2014 was celebrated as the International Friendship Week at TKSS as part of a series of events planned to celebrate Racial Harmony. The weeklong celebration saw our international students from Indonesia, Korea, Myanmar, Nepal and Philippines showcasing the unique culture and tradition of their countries to fellow schoolmates through various posters and presentations.

The Finale to the event was the International Food Festival on 4th April 2014.  The parents from these countries put in great effort and hard work to generously present food samples to the students. The atmosphere that day was exciting and memorable. The parents not only prepared the food, they also decorated their stalls with handicrafts and souvenirs from their countries and wore traditional attire, which so added to the vibrancy of the event. With music rocking the place the school canteen had literally been transformed to a multi-cultural food festival.  In alphabetical order let me give you a glimpse of the delicacies presented to the students and the feedback from the various team members.

The Indonesian Team found the idea of the Food Festival Finale very interesting. They felt that it was indeed hard work but in the end well worth the effort they had put in. Their food ‘centre piece’ was amazing and they kindly presented it to the teachers at the end of the event.

The Korean team took hard work to prepare their traditional food as all dishes were handmade and time consuming but overall the parents were very pleased to see that students knew about the dishes as they had seen them in Korean dramas.  The music from their stall added a festive air to the entire event.

The team from Myanmar dressed in traditional attire decorated their stall with handicrafts from Myanmar giving us a glimpse of their rich culture. The team members were very happy and excited to be a part of their very first event in the school and greatly enjoyed interacting with the students.  

The Nepali team in traditional attire and jewelry were a lovely sight to see. Their decoration of the stall with artifacts and currency from their country and posters displaying their natural great heritage was amazing. The team was proud and excited to be a part of the event and enjoyed seeing the presentations of the other countries. 

And lastly I would like to make a special mention of the Philippines team, run by a small team, but it presented brilliantly with a big spread of assorted delicious deserts that were well appreciated by all.  The beautiful traditional Filipino gown was also another highlight of the event.

Overall the experience of being a part of the International Friendship Week finale was fun filled and exciting. The air of festivity was amazing.  On behalf of PSG, I think special thanks is in order to the school team who never fail to amaze us with the considerable thought they always give to make this learning journey interesting and memorable for our children.  And most importantly, I like to thank all parent volunteers who helped on the day, and a very special ‘Thank you” will go to our international parents for their generous contribution, enthusiastic participation and strong support to make this event happen successfully!!

The Indonesian Team: Nasi Tumpeng, Kunyit Asem, The Botol, Kue Lapis Legit and Kerupuk.

The Korean Team: Gim-bab, Ddeog-bogg-yi, Jab Chae and Gim chi

The Myanmar Team: Myanmar Banana Cake, Yellow glutinous rice, Myanmar Pan Cake, and Mont Lone Yay Paw (Glutinous Rice Balls)

The Nepali Team: Sel Roti, Aloo Dum, Momo and Keer.

The Philippines Team: Brazo de Mercedes, Puto, Kutsinta, Pichi Pichi and Cassava Cake

School Principal Mdm Haslinda joining and supporting our parent volunteers for this wonderful and lovely event!

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