On November 10th, the "Sweden Week" organized by Soong Ching Ling School and the Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai kicked off. By participating in various activities, the students learned about the history and general situation of Sweden, experienced unique Swedish sports, food, movies and other cultural features. The broad and meaningful Sweden Week brought students closer to Sweden.
At the opening ceremony, Madame Feng introduced Sweden as follows, “Today our honored guests are from the country where your lovable and familiar fairy tale character “Pipi Longstocking” lives!” Mr. Sebastian Magnusson, the deputy consul general of Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai continued by saying, “Sweden may seem far away from you. However, if you have seen the Disney film Frozen, you can imagine what Sweden winter is exactly like.” Their correlated words both conveyed a common wish — let us get close and closer.
Students of Soong Ching Ling School are brimming with youthful vigour. To welcome the arrival of Swedish friends, they sang the Swedish song Idas Sommarvisa. Iris Chen from Class 5(1) learned that the song was written by Swedish Writer Arisd Lingren and it described the brief but memorable summer of Sweden. The sincere performance impressed all our Swedish guests and they couldn’t help singing together. This precious moment will surely be kept in everyone’s heart forever.
In the Q&A session, all kinds of questions were asked covering topics such as the forest coverage rate, the capital, and environmental protection. The well-prepared students seemed to know all the answers.
After the opening ceremony, students experienced different kinds of Swedish cultural activities. In the gym, students sometimes became “little meatballs”, and sometimes became brave men skiing on the snow, dancing the energetic “Swedish Aerobics” with the fitness aerobics coach.
The school cafeteria held the “Swedish Food Festival”. The Swedish meatballs with flavored sauce gave students a good appetite. As Simin Zhu from Class 5(3) said, “Sweden Week brings me new pleasure. I not only understand the customs of Sweden, but also taste the delicious food.”
Teachers and students watched the Swedish animation film I Am Round in the theatre. The creative expressions and profound insights gave students a new perspective on the animation film. Helen Zhang from Class 5(2) said, “I want our parents to see this film to let them know that every child has his own different ‘shape’ and we should learn to protect everyone’s nature.”
Swedish gingerbread is a kind of wonderful biscuit with good wishes. In the baking class, Ms Linnéa from the Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai taught students how to make gingerbread.
During Sweden Week, the photographic exhibition “Father and Son” was being held in the school art building. Everyone could see and feel the warmth of interaction between Swedish dads, Chinese dads, and their own children. Mr. Sebastian Magnusson joked, “You can tell your father what you saw on the exhibition when you go back home.”
Zhang Jiulin, a poet in the Tang Dynasty, once wrote, “Distance cannot separate true friends who feel so close even when they are thousands of miles apart.” During Sweden Week, the students of Soong Ching Ling School walked into Sweden and learned about Sweden. They deeply felt that people living in a global village could understand each other and became good friends even though they were far away from each other. At the same time, the beautiful campus and the lively, confident and courteous students left a deep and beautiful impression on the team from the Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai. Mr. Sebastian Magnusson commended “You have a fantasitc and huge school.”
In cooperation with the Consulate Generals of different countries in Shanghai, the regular International Week and the International Monthly Theme activities are important parts of the Soong Ching Ling multicultural activities. Soong Ching Ling School adheres to the educational philosophy of cultivating world citizens with Chinese sentiments and global perspectives, and fostering students to learn and appreciate foreign cultures in various international activities so as to have a heart of tolerance to accommodate the multicultural world.