United Nations Day With a Twist

Eastbridge prides itself in being a school that is “like no other”. This extends even to its activities and events. Last October 30 and 31, the school held its annual United Nations Day and World Children’s Day celebration at the Montebrisa gym, but with a very Eastbridge twist.

For the United Nations Day celebration on Wednesday, October 30, preschoolers were asked to interpret their assigned countries in playful anime style. Instead of traditional costumes, kids came to the event sporting colorful hairstyles, cartoon-like makeup, and elaborate but fun attire inspired by the culture of various countries. They also danced along to some Japanese pop songs and sang a song featuring different languages.

For the World Children’s Day celebration on Thursday, October 31, the events were split between the primary and intermediate grade schoolers. Grades 4 to 6 held a British Tea Party in the morning. Boys arrived donning their best morning coats while the girls came in elegant dresses and pearls topped off with some very stylish hats. They presented excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays (Romeo & Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew) as well as poetry pieces from Edgar Allan Poe (Annabel Lee), T.S. Eliot (Macavity: The Mystery Cat), and Naya Valdellon (Last Letter to Peter). They also performed interpretations of classic ballroom dances such as the tango and the line dance. Afterwards, they shared a light meal of tea with some sandwiches and cakes.

Meanwhile, children from Grades 1 to 3 put on their best Victorian dress for an afternoon of classic literature and social graces. In true 1860s fashion, there were plenty of tweeds and flounced skirts to be seen. The girls performed an excerpt from Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” while the boys acted out a scene from the sequel, “Little Men”. This was followed by a performance of common period dances such as the waltz and the quadrille. They also got to sample some typical American fair food afterwards, capping it all off with a performance of the popular children’s song, “76 Trombones”.     

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Anime Album

Little Women & Little Men

British Tea Party