Running on the theme, “Together We Can Make a Difference”, the third Honours Day of Fairview International School Ipoh (FISI) unfolded in splendour on Saturday, June 17 at their newly-renovated multi-purpose hall.

It is one of the most anticipated events of the year, as it brings together amazing performances, and recognition of academic excellence and achievements. Parents smiled affectionately as their children were awarded in the following categories: Outstanding Effort, Global Effort, Gifted and Talented and Top Scholar.

For the young students, the event marked an interesting transition in their lives. They closed the door on their lower year level and opened a new chapter in higher learning.

The ceremony commenced with a welcoming speech by Head of Campus, Natalya Krassilnikova. She introduced the school’s new 21st century learning – International Baccalaureate (IB) programme – where parents would be part of the programme.

She said, through the programme, students are not just assessed via traditional examinations but are monitored and encouraged through progressive assessments, including emphasis on co-curricular activities and fine arts.

Apart from concerts, the students performed a ceremony specifically for their elders and teachers. The ceremony, dubbed ‘Xie Shi’, is steeped in Chinese tradition. It is a ritual to thank both parents and teachers for their sacrifices.

Dressed in traditional attire, students bowed down and presented tea in cups symbolising respect and gratitude to their parents and teachers. Principal Professor R. Gopinathan was gesturing with a ruler and gave his blessing, signifying the authority of the elders.

The Principal acknowledged that FISI was the first school in Perak to be awarded the World IB School status by the IB Organisation. This was the highlight of the evening.

“We’ve had many enquiries from parents, wanting to enrol their kids, as we’re the only truly certified IB school in the state. The IB programme is a concept-based inquiry-driven curriculum incorporating the UK National Curriculum,” he said.

The joyful occasion ended with a concert performance by students.

Nabilah Hamudin