CELEBRATING THE COMING OF SUMMER
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.