By John Preston, Parents Teachers and Friends Committee Lead 2016 of Garden International School Malaysia
A great start to Christmas is always the Christmas carol concert that the primary students put on for parents. It is a fantastic way to start off the Christmas spirit, seeing children’s minds open up to the magic of Christmas.
Christmas carols at the British High Commissioner’s residence is always a special occasion. Besides having school children singing carols, the staff and management of the British High Commission put on a Christmas show that is worth paying to see.
There is also an opportunity to pose for a photograph with the High Commissioner herself and to go for a quick tour of her residence. The mince pies are to die for.
Primary students of Garden International School (GIS) organised their own Christmas party last year, complete with a visit from Santa.
Every year, the students bring in presents for the less privileged. The gifts are prepared according to age and gender categories. The students presented their nicely wrapped presents to the Santa and received candies in return. The gifts from about 2,000 students are then loaded into a truck and sent off to homes.
To enhance the festive atmosphere in the school, the GIS Parents, Teachers and Friends (PTF) helped out with the decorations and volunteered in the Primary Choir to sing at the foyer in the morning as children come to school. With old Christmas Carol favourites being sung, it does not take long for the foyer to be filled with the sound of primary students, teachers and parents singing Jingle Bells.
We also started Christmas story sharing, with senior students reading Christmas stories about Santa to the children in the foyer. The magic of Christmas comes alive with children hanging on every word until the famous line “Have you been Naughty or Nice” is read.
Christmas would not be complete without going to KLCC to see the BIG Christmas tree and do some last-minute shopping.
There are various Christmas bazaars held by Expat associations where we can find beautiful and unique presents, and some of the children help out too!
A lot of students will return to their home countries for Christmas and the New Year but you can always find a good gathering of expats at Souled Out on New Year’s Eve singing and dancing the night away with a traditional fireworks display when the clock strikes midnight.