Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - COMMUNITY - By Ni Dan­dan

Welling­ton Col­lege In­ter­na­tional Shang­hai opened its gates to par­ents, pupils and oth­ers from the Shang­hai com­mu­nity ear­lier this month to cel­e­brate its first an­nual Sum­mer Fayre.

More than 800 peo­ple ar­rived on the day to wel­come the start of sum­mer and to par­tic­i­pate in an af­ter­noon of ac­tiv­i­ties, games and pupil per­for­mances.

The event, or­ga­nized jointly by par­ents and school ad­min­is­tra­tors, was held on the school’s sprawl­ing cricket field, where a num­ber of chil­dren’s games and ac­tiv­i­ties were de­signed for dif­fer­ent age groups.

Among the many ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer were bouncy cas­tles, a wet play area and a won­der­ful ar­ray of game booths in­clud­ing “sponge the teacher,” “beat the goal keeper,” Hooka-Duck, guess the num­ber of sweets, hair ex­ten­sions and tem­po­rary tat­toos. Par­ents and teach­ers also bat­tled it out in an epic tug-of-war com­pe­ti­tion

Adding to the fun of the af­ter­noon were two ponies of­fer­ing kids a rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Tempt­ing sum­mer snacks, such as BBQ, ice cream and siz­zling Bri­tish sausages, were also avail­able.

Em­u­lat­ing a Bri­tish fete, the event was set to a sound­track of ren­di­tions of popular clas­sics per­formed by the school choir, Welling­ton’s DJ and the Year 9 Rock Band. A string orches­tra per­formed “Danse Macabre,” com­posed by the renowned French com­poser Camille Saint-Saëns.

Chil­dren and par­ents tried their luck with tombo­las (Bri­tish bingo) and a raf­fle fea­tur­ing 90 dif­fer­ent prizes, from an iPad to a ho­tel voucher.

Welling­ton Col­lege is one of Shang­hai’s new­est in­ter­na­tional schools, hav­ing opened in Au­gust 2014. Founded by Eng­land’s Queen Vic­to­ria in 1859 as a na­tional me­mo­rial to mil­i­tary leader The Duke of Welling­ton, the elite school and its cur­ricu­lum of­fers 150 years of Bri­tish her­itage.

Pho­tos: Cour­tesy of Welling­ton Col­lege In­ter­na­tional Shang­hai

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