With rain forecast, organisers let the fun run continue outdoors but opted last minute to bring the stands and entertainment under-cover, moving everything indoors over two floors at the middle and upper school.
“We wanted to stay flexible because we had this great band playing,” co-organiser Kirsten Conran told Delano, indicating the Rock Club band.
Founded in 2016 by a parent and musician Fred Barreto, the club saw 10- to 16-year-olds deftly perform blues and rock classics to rival any covers band.
This year’s festival took a more participatory approach compared to previous years with young people performing traditional dances as well as a music marathon by Richard Penn.
“The goal this year was to get more interaction from the students and have it be more about seeing what they have to offer,” said Conran.
As with previous editions, there was also a drive to raise funds for selected charities which benefit from the school’s common fund.
Among the charities present were Kenako, selling boxes of hope, Friends of the Philippines, with a lucky dip, the Global issues group, which organised a world Twister game, and facepainting for Médecins du Monde and jewellery sale for Mothers for All in Botswana.
Amnesty International Luxembourg had a stand while Fondation Stamm, from Burundi, hosted a fashion show. “A very special addition this year we’ve some third graders who decided they wanted to do something. They’re raising money for Unicef with a guess how many candies in the jar,” volunteer and school business development manager Margo Parra explained.
Other highlights include the piñata, sponge the teacher and the ever popular international food village.