The cloudy skies didn’t stop YCIS Pudong families from turning out in high numbers for the annual Parents Organisation Pudong (POP) Back to School Picnic and Bazaar at the Regency Park Campus earlier this month. The seas of YCIS blue t-shirts, banners, and tents were enough to brighten up the morning until the sun came out to stay later on in the afternoon.
The POP Picnic is a fantastic community-building event and is a chance for students, families, and staff to come together and celebrate the beginning of the new school year in a relaxed and comfortable setting.
The event included booths featuring an array of community partners, ranging from home furniture, to arts and crafts, healthcare providers, and even an onsite barber providing haircuts for attendees! The second-hand book stand was particularly popular with parents and children and was a fantastic and sustainable way to share the joy of reading within the community.
As well as the various stalls, the youngsters enjoyed playing on the bouncy castle, taking part in some gentle gymnastics, and testing their aim in the ever-popular ‘Big Dumpling’ dunk tank, where students had the opportunity to dunk their teachers in a massive tank of water! The soundtrack for the day was provided by a host of student DJs who kept the music going, creating an uplifting mood throughout the event.
By lunchtime, everyone had worked up quite an appetite, and fortunately, no one was left hungry, as there was plenty of options available with Eastern and Western cuisines, including snacks, smoothies, juices, and hearty meals, as well as delicious desserts.
Families could take their pick of the food, spread out on blankets across the playing areas, and enjoy a lively lunch together.
The festivities continued until the middle of the afternoon, when the families started to return home and enjoy the rest of their weekend activities outside of the school. The event was indeed a success, with both attendees and organisers delighted with the day, and looking forward to coming together again for another POP event very soon.