International Fun Fair "Uplift 2021" – A fantasy global journey
The highlight event of the YHKCC, the “International Fun Fair”, was successfully held on 4th December after a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organized by the teachers, with support from parents and friends, the International Fun Fair is held every year in December. This key event in the annual school calendar is a celebration of the cross-cultural diversity of the YHKCC community.
The International Fun Fair certainly lived up to its theme – “Uplift 2021”. The spirit and energy of our students, teachers and alumni uplifted all those who attended. Over 400 students were involved in the performances and in the preparation of the IFF, and nearly 600 people from the YHKCC community joined us on the day.
This year’s event featured 8 international cultural booths organized by our students. Through various fun games and activities, visitors experienced a festive atmosphere and explored different cultures from around the word, including the United Kingdom, the United States of America, India, Korea, the Philippines, France and Spain, and of course Hong Kong and China! The entire school campus was decked out with national flags and this mini United Nations was filled with students, parents and visitors wearing different ethnic costumes, sharing different cultures and traditions.
The opening ceremony kicked off with a unique YHKCC Ethnic Fashion Cat Walk. Our students demonstrated the school’s multi-cultural diversity in the costumes of different nations. Officiating the ceremony were Mr. Dion Chen, Chairman of Hong Kong Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools Council, Mr. Martin Donovan, Chairman of the YHKCC Parent-Teacher Association, Ms. Julie Simons, Parent Manager of School Management Committee, Mr. Paul Wong, Teacher Manager of School Management Committee and Ms. Patty Yeung from Form 5, Chairperson of Student Council. Accompanied by Ms. Diana Lo, Principal of the YHKCC, they officially opened the IFF by putting the national chops of different countries onto a passport, signifying the beginning of a journey around the world.
In her welcoming speech, Ms. Diana Lo celebrated the return of the International Fun Fair after a two-year suspension and congratulated the organizers. She expressed her hope that all participants could be uplifted after joining this fun, energetic and fruitful event. The guest of honour Mr. Dion Chen, greeted everybody in different languages and recalled that the YHKCC started organizing the International Fun Fair in 2008. With more than 10 years’ history, the International Fun Fair is definitely one of the signature dishes of YHKCC school life, showcasing the cultural diversity and the strong spirit of the YHKCC! Mr. Chen said that returning to the YHKCC felt like coming back home and wish everyone a wonderful afternoon.
It is a YHKCC tradition to demonstrate our dedication to the community by offering practical help to those in need, as well as bringing joy and love to them. This year, the school gave 150 goodie bags to the elderly, needy individuals and families, as an expression of love, care and support. Representatives from the Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council received the goodie bags from the platform party and students. This was followed by a beautiful ballet performance, which delighted the hundreds of visitors and parents.
The campus soon overflowed with excitement and laughter as each Form 1 Drama class performed their own take on a fairy tale. Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and Sweeny Todd ther Barber were all given a makeover, adding interesting twists to these well-known stories, to the amusement of the audience. The students exhibited great teamwork in their creative and thoroughly entertaining performances.
The highlight of the evening was the International Talent Show. The theme was YHKCC Air and the school hall was decorated like the cabin of an aeroplane. Our student helpers dressed up as ‘flight attendants’ to greet ‘passengers’ at the door. The flight around the world began with a welcoming speech delivered by the ‘Senior Purser’, Ms. Diana Lo. Transported by YHKCC Air, the audience was then taken on a fantasy journey to exotic places all over the world. It was a journey of colour, costume, talent, creativity and innovation, featuring music and dance performances from different countries. Over 100 dancers and performers were involved. There was Chinese opera, Cantonese pop songs, Korean pop dance, a Hawaiian dance, French songs, Indian Bhangra and Modern Bollywood, British band sound and more. It was truly a fitting end to the International Fun Fair and the jubilant atmosphere will be unforgettable memory for the entire school. We look forward to another multi-cultural fiesta next year.