Post Date: 07-March-2017
SPC 165th Anniversary Carnival 聖保羅書院一百六十五周年校慶嘉年華
The 165th Anniversary Carnival was held on 11th February 2017. The following article, written by Mr. Alex Wong, one of our English teachers, allows you to relive the festivities of this jovial event.
In celebration of the 165th Anniversary and to raise funds for St. Paul’s College Foundation, a carnival was held at the College on Saturday, 11 February, 2017, bringing together, from both the Primary School and the College, current and former students and their parents, teachers and friends for a day of fun and excitement.
The last of a series of celebration events, the Carnival commenced with an opening ceremony officiated by members of the College Council, honorary members of the Foundation, our primary and secondary principals and other distinguished guests amid sounds of cymbals and drums and the mesmerizing spectacle of lion dancing on stilts. Throughout the day, magic shows, clown acts, musical performances and song dedications infused this special occasion with a sense of conviviality and community.
Aerial images captured by a camera-equipped toy drone hovering over the school showed a campus adorned with game stalls of the most vibrant of colours, echoing the theme of Carnival. Young children and their parents, all in high spirits, could be seen lining up waiting patiently and full of anticipation for their turn at the games specially designed for them by different classes and school clubs and manned by both students and teachers wearing official outfit of equally vibrant colours. There were so many visitors that some stalls, both games and food, were so popular that it was not always easy to tell where one line ended and another began.
Besides performances, the programme of the Carnival also featured a number of craft workshops in the covered playground, such as a leather key ring workshop and a Korean bean paste floral arrangement workshop, which conspicuously drew large crowds. In the main entrance lobby, countless photos were taken by admirers of the SPC Lego campus; in the school hall, spontaneous shouts and giggles of joy could be heard emanating from lucky winners of top carnival prizes and collectors of anniversary souvenirs available from the Foundation, the Parent-Teacher Associations, and the Alumni Association.
The Carnival was a day of great fun, a day where visitors and hosts who shared the same heritage were reunited, and a day where our legacy was passed on to the next generation of students. This fun and exciting day concluded with a renewed sense of belonging to the College, made all the stronger as selfies were taken, meat pies and muffins were enjoyed, and the laughter of children was heard.