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Christmas spirit abounds at BHAPlaid Tidings arrives at international school as money is raised for charity
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승인 2014.12.22  14:44:47
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▲ Plaid Tidings at Branksome Hall Asia. Photo courtesy Hyunji Kim

The author is a student at Branksome Hall Asia and a former JDC Junior Journalist.

On Dec 3 the first Plaid Tiding was held at Branksome Hall Asia on Jeju Island. During the event, STEM-V Hall was filled with students, parents, teachers and local community members. Everyone had the privilege of watching, listening, tasting and feeling various goods from vendors from both BHA and the local community.

Plaid Tidings at BHA was devised by three teachers in BHA Junior School. Grade 4 teacher Hilary Prosser was a key convener of the Plaid Tidings team.

“Plaid Tidings is an event that was held annually at our sister school, Branksome Hall Canada. We are now trying to start the tradition here at Branksome Hall Asia” Ms.Prosser said.

The event was not limited to the BHA community but open to other international schools including Korean International School (KIS) and North London Collegiate School (NLCS).

The admission fee of 5,000 won included three 1,000 won tickets for purchasing goods.
A total of 6 million won was raised through the event and the funds will be sent to Moseulpo Children’s Center in Seogwipo City to improve facilities there.

“After a visit to the Moseulpo Children’s Center we soon realized that the center needs our help. The center lacks facilities. So we thought of building capacities and starting new initiatives for the children in the center. We are also planning to build a playground,” said Ms. Prosser.

Thanks to the high participation of parents and teachers, there were 70 tables used at the event offering games and entertainment with a strong Christmas spirit. Plaid Tidings had a photo zone, for example, with Santa Claus sitting on a red antique couch next to an ornamental Christmas tree.

Even though this was the first Plaid Tidings in BHA’s history, the event was a great success with both high proceeds and satisfaction. There were so many people involved that all the refreshments ran out before the event closed. Students, experiencing it for the first time, learned valuable lessons.

“As a Branksome student, I’ve never experienced this kind of fete, like ever. Now I’m happy I can support children in the Moseulpo center through this event. I hope I can participate in this event again.” said Youjeong Kim, a Grade 10 student.

The Plaid Tidings showed how the Christmas spirit can bring the community together.

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