Established in September 1986, Bali Island School (BIS) – formerly Bali International School – celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, making it the oldest international school on the island. BIS celebrated this special occasion by hosting an International Day yesterday. Students, parents and the staff were dressed in their national costumes and organized into country groups.
The celebration started with a colorful parade of costumes and flags from all over the world. A total of 35 countries were represented amongst students and staff! It was followed by a formal ceremony, which included a Balinese blessing, a gamelan performance and speeches of honored guests and students.
“This celebration is a product of everyone’s effort and participation and reflects one of our school’s main goals – active community engagement”, said Denise Walsh, Head of Bali Island School during her speech.
The celebration continued with creatively decorated country booths with authentic delicacies from around the world including Swiss fondue, Columbian ceviche, and Swedish chocolate balls. Games such as “Pingpong Jars” and ”Hook the Duck” were played and various performances entertained the visitors throughout the event.
Bali Island School is the first international school in Bali and the only offering the International Baccalaureate programmes for all grades (ibo.org).