QAIS Celebrates the Campus Grand Opening and Chinese New Year in Style
After a month of exploring the multitude of hallways in our new school building, QAIS celebrated the campus Grand Opening and Chinese New Year together with students, parents, construction crews, and staff members on Monday afternoon in our new auditorium.
The festivities began with a traditional Chinese New Year Lion Dance followed immediately by the enchanting sounds of the QAIS-Baishan Orchestra as they played a beautiful medley of traditional Chinese folk tunes.
Dr. Dan North’s video then showcased the humble beginnings of QAIS and the first 1,175 days of our journey of growth from 2011 to 2018. Most remarkable was the video footage of the Baishan campus from 1993 all the way up to the recent renovations of our new building. The video was followed by an awards presentation and acknowledgement of all the construction crews and parent donors who made the vision of our new home a reality.
With a Chinese Gongfu Fan dance by Grade 3 students and a musical preview performed by the cast of Peter Pan, the celebration activities were kicked off!
Craft activities for our Toddler and EC students included decorating lanterns, as well as making paper drums, dog masks and lucky fish. PYP, MYP and DP activities included lantern riddles, paper cutting, pinch pots, Chinese calligraphy and painting, bamboo dancing, dumpling and lantern creation, Chinese zodiac masks, dough figurines, shadow puppet theater, sugar art and a traditional Chinese instrument showing.
If today was anything of an indicator for what awaits us in our new QAIS campus, we’re headed for an inspiring, energetic and creative experience!