Thursday marked the official start to the holiday season with our Winter Fair, Winter Concert and Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Although parents were unable to attend the Winter Fair, it was still a joyous occasion. Students took turns to staff the Puxi Pop-up Shop, selling hand-crafted items from Hearts and Hands. Hearts and Hands is a charity based in Yunnan province working with deaf and mute children to create beautiful, handmade Christmas decorations. Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi works with Hearts and Hands each year to sell these decorations to our community, helping them raise funds and also provide employment for those with physical disabilities.

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This year’s Winter Fair also included the Eco Dulwich-Shop, a student led initiative to plan, source ingredients, create, market and sell a range of sustainable and eco-friendly handmade soaps. What started as a Senior School CCA project has expanded into a full fundraising initiative, with all profits donated to our United World Schools project supporting Veal Reyoung school in Cambodia.

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Finally, students were able to purchase cookies baked by Shanghai Young Bakers and decorated by our Year 4 students. This is an organisation that provides employment and bakery skills to under-privileged youth in Shanghai. The students loved getting involved with this project, and every sure did enjoy eating the results!

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After the Winter Fair came the Winter Concert, a veritable feast for the ears. The concert included performances from both the Junior and Senior Orchestras as well as the Junior and Forte Choirs. The students aimed high for this concert by attempting some challenging music! The students and teachers hard work paid off, and it was a lovely event, all livestreamed to the outside world in high definition.

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After the concert, the community gathered around the College Christmas tree for carols and the tree lighting. Seeing the tree light up and hearing the rousing rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” in both English and Mandarin was inspiring!

Following on from the amazing Winter Ball on 21 November, and the Winter Fair, Winter Concert and Tree Lighting this week, the Christmas events at Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi are just heating up. Next week we will enjoy Nursery Christmas performances, as well as the Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi Choirs caroling at the Amanyangyun Resort and the InterContinental Hotel - Jing’an.

The following week will feature the Year 2 Christmas Production of “The Greatest Snowman”.

Here at Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi we sure do know how to celebrate the festive season.