Students have been practicing for weeks. Teachers have been plotting and making key decisions with the directors and Principal as to what will make this dedication of Siang-He Elementary School one that will be talked about for many months to come. The dignitaries have received their beautiful invitations and parents have scheduled time off from home and work duties to be present for the festivities.
The campus is sparkling with gorgeous planters; beautiful floral bouquets from community friends of the school and very special tributes commemorating the generous donations make for the success of the Siang-He Elementary School addition. Siang-He Elementary School first opened in 2003 for kindergarten. Since then, the population has grown to 500 students through fifth grade and last year construction of the newest building was begun. The opening of the current school year found teachers and students moving into the new facility while maintaining studies. The results of their hard work and planning have paid off with a wonderful facility, which I have described in earlier blogs. Today’s ceremony was full of pomp and circumstance. Dignitaries from the magistrate of the Chiayi County Government to a hospital administrator were our honored guests. The local hospital was a major contributor to enabling the addition to Siang-He School. Plaques were unveiled and wonderful Chinese characters were presented to honor the occasion.
Performances were many and varied from a class of kindergarten students who played drums and danced to “We Will Rock You,” to fourth and fifth graders performing their second place Chiayi County competition prize winning number. Student violinist performed with a couple of moms performing with them. The harmony of the students performing with their recorders was heavenly. Cheers were led by another group of older students while a dance class showed their skills with red pom-poms.
Director Dorio is a member of a photography club, which displayed many of their wonderful photographs taken while bird watching. Also they displayed some photographs of the most unusual butterflies I’ve ever seen. The birds in the photographs left me speechless.
The day proved to be well worth the wait and a true success for all who worked so very hard to make Siang-He School’s dedication a real success!