Yung Wing school held its International Children’s Day celebrations on Friday the 31st of May. Like many other years, there were many activities set up in the various classrooms throughout the school.
The school children were able to wander around the different rooms, taking part in the fun science and discovery based tasks. They complete the task, receive a stamp on a card, and get to keep whatever they made in the classroom.
There was also a display of model boats, rockets, and airships. Ours was made in a couple of hours and was modeled on Zheng He’s treasure ships, but it wasn’t anything fancy. I can’t wait till Grayson is in the grade that makes airships, though! I am a huge Final Fantasy geek, you see.
This year was a little different for two reasons; firstly my son, who is in grade 1, was able to take part in these activities, and secondly I was able to accompany him - in years past I’ve either been one of the teachers who have to run an activity, or he has been at kindergarten, where their activities are more structured and parents don’t generally attend.
So this year I wandered through the activities with my boy, trying to grab snapshots where I could, but mainly I spent my time chatting with former colleagues and cute kids. Eventually he and his little friend took off on adventures together and left me behind, but that’s OK - it’s rare that they get to mess about with their friends without someone nannying them constantly, so I let them be. Not a bad way to spend the day!
Of course, inclement weather and an unclear plan of operations from the leadership threw most of the morning into disarray, but as I was not one of the foreign teachers this year, I wasn’t overly affected by it. However my friends and former colleagues were in various states of surrender or distress. Nothing is more frustrating than having no information, being told to hurry up and wait, or getting ushered into a room where everyone is staring at you expectantly, waiting for you to begin who knows what.
We like to complain about these things, and they are unprofessional and frustrating to deal with, but I notice that the foreign teachers generally come through it with smiles on their faces. Especially if there’s a cold drink to look forward to afterwards!