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St. Andrews International School Celebrates International Day

Every year St. Andrews parents, students and teachers celebrate their cultural diversity during the annual International Day.

The day began with a kaleidoscope of colours, music and costumes during the flag and costume parade. Students then took part in a variety of International activities run by teachers and parents, such as: an International Treasure Hunt, Baking British cakes, world Theatre and New Zealand rugby tackles!

At lunchtime everyone enjoyed a cultural feast of foods from all corners of the world prepared by generous and dedicated parents.

The centrepiece of the event was in the afternoon when all members of the school community were treated to a cultural extravaganza which included: students and teachers performing the famous French dance the ‘Can Can’; a powerful re-enactment of the Maori Hakka and fantastic musical performances from around the world.

Mr. Josh Doubleday the Head of the Primary school said, “International Day is a wonderful opportunity for the school community to acknowledge and celebrate its diversity. Throughout the day parents and teachers are reminded of the great number of commonalities and differences we have within our school and the wealth of knowledge, experience and understanding that this brings to all members of our community.“

Green Valley Panthers rock KL in U15 FOBISIA Competition.

On Friday 20th November, we waved goodbye to our U15 FOBISIA team as they flew out to Kuala Lumpur to compete in this year’s round of the U15 FOBISIA games at Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar School. As always, confidence was high as St. Andrews has a strong track record at these events – both at home and away. and once again the Panthers did not disappoint.

After a warm welcome and quick presentation, it was time to get straight down to business with the first part of the competition: athletics. On this hot morning, The Panthers competed strongly and received the 4th overall position with 6 gold medals, 8 silver medals and 11 bronze. As one of the smaller teams competing this was no mean feat; The Panthers once again proving that it is quality not quantity that matters.

Next, it was onto the swimming competition. The Panthers had a slow start and then the placings and medals started to flow. Finishing 3rd place overall, only 9 points behind 2nd place, we collected 4 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 10 bronze medals!

Day two moved the action on to the pitches and courts, with the boys in the basketball and girls on the football pitch. After only conceding one goal all day, the girls’ football team had a chance of getting gold in the final game, but with a last minute goal from the opposition, they had to settle for 3rd and the bronze trophy. The boys’ basketball team faced strong opposition all day and a combination of grit and determination saw them take 4th place overall.

The third and final day saw the girls in the basketball and boys in the football competition. A strong win in the first and last games almost got the boys on the 3rd step, but they were beaten by a whisker meaning they had to settle for 4th place. All eight boys worked very hard throughout the day, and with only one substitute, performed well above expectations.

Meanwhile on the court, the girls produced some fine performances and superb examples of teamwork, which got them through undefeated to become champions for the second year running. What an achievement!

The MVP awards went to Wesley Pankhurst for the boys and Jade Harcourt-Harrison for the girls. It was another strong performance by the Green Valley Panthers, with winning performances against schools many times their size. As always the school is extremely proud of its athletes and they will return to campus to a heroes’ welcome.