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Multi-Ethnic Celebrations 2017 -- A Celebration of Arts Education in Fairfield

by Nicole Tan (Sec 3F) and Joie Lim (Sec 3B)

27 January 2017 marked Fairfield’s annual Multi-Ethnic Celebrations, which was a time when students and teachers immersed themselves in various exciting cultural activities and performances to refresh their understanding and appreciation of the different ethnic groups in Singapore. Many teachers and students came to school in vibrant and colourful ethnic costumes that highlighted the excitement in accordance with the festive season. It was truly a sight to behold. 

The day kicked off with a class party, where students and teachers brought a variety of delectable cultural cuisines that ranged from love letters to yu sheng and came together to celebrate the Lunar New Year in their respective classrooms. It was a truly fruitful time as the students had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with and savour food unique to the different races and bond with their friends and teachers.

Students then eagerly made their way into the hall to await the exciting performances and fashion shows put up by the different levels. Selected secondary one, two and three classes were assigned the task of assembling an outfit from scratch, made entirely from only recyclable materials. Each of them had to wear the outfit and explain its cultural significance. This Eco Fashion Show was indeed well-received by the audience, as they cheered loudly for their fellow classmates. Moreover, selected secondary four classes performed dances and skits based on the culture of different ethnic groups. This showcased the vast talent of our students and their form teachers. Every performance was enthusiastically greeted with thunderous applause by the audience.  

The enthralling event organised by both teachers and students was part of the Arts@Fairfield programme. In fact, students can look forward to such performing arts opportunities during their time in Fairfield as Fairsians get opportunities to harness their talent in the arts through a wide variety of art forms.   

Furthermore, the Community Student Leaders (CSLs) warmly received elderly residents from the neighbouring blocks in Dover to join in the festivities. They also presented the elderly residents with oranges and hampers containing food items to bless them for the Lunar New Year. 

Multi Ethnic Celebrations 2017 was indeed a great festive occasion for students to gain cultural insight, exercise their creativity in the arts, have fun and build stronger relationships with the Dover community and with one another.