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Multi-Ethnic Celebrations 2018 -- Appreciating Diversity at Fairfield

by Jamie Tan (Sec 2E), Nadia Lo (Sec 2A) and Ng Qian Yih (Sec 2A)

15 February 2018 marked Fairfield’s annual Multi-Ethnic Celebrations, which was a time when students and teachers immersed themselves in various enthralling cultural activities and performances to promote 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 started with a class party, where both students and teachers alike brought a variety of delectable cultural cuisines that ranged from love letters to yu sheng. The school also provided tea eggs and murukku for students to enjoy. This enabled the students to leave the classroom with a light smile but a heavy stomach. 

After the class party, the students moved to the canteen, gathered around and watched intently as the external vendors skillfully prepared food from a wide range of cultures like traditional Chinese and Malay snacks. The students were also given a chance to make the delectable pastries. 

Students then eagerly made their way into the hall to watch riveting performances put up by different classes as well as the Fairfield Dance and Guitar Ensemble. Classes 4A and 4F put up spectacular performances that showcased the vast talent of our students and their form teachers. The Fairfield Guitar Ensemble members showcased their guitar skills as they played a refreshing rendition of Chinese New Year songs to get everyone into the festive mood. The Fairfield Dance team also put up a breathtaking performance that left the audience in awe as they danced gracefully to the lively and upbeat tunes. Sec 1H students also performed an engaging self-composed percussion piece. Every performance was enthusiastically greeted with thunderous applause by the audience.   

The Multi-Ethnic Celebrations was organised as 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.   

Fairfield also firmly believes that our commitment in helping the community makes us stronger together. Thus, the Community Student Leaders (CSLs) warmly received elderly residents from the neighbouring blocks in Dover to join in the festivities. The CSLs also presented the residents with oranges to bless them for the Lunar New Year. Furthermore, the CSLs made their way to Dover to bless the residents with hampers packed by each class, which consisted of daily household items such as rice, sugar and salt. The CSLs also found great joy interacting and fostering strong bonds with the elderly residents. 

Multi Ethnic Celebrations 2018 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.