The Secondary School students transformed the ESM into a fanciful costume world on carnival Monday the 3rd March 2014. With typical gowns, headwear and accessories, many of them were disguised as people from other continents, such as Asians, Mexicans and Arabs. Others appeared originally disguised as a gift or as a strawberry. But also classic carnival costumes, such as princess, pirate, hippie and prisoner could be spotted in the foolish crowd, mingling with wild animals, such as big cats, gorillas, giraffes and bears. Also, a special group of Romans followed their Caesar.
The entire morning, the already fully-dressed "carnival fools" had the chance to give their make-up the finishing touches in the make-up-corner, while those pupils still undisguised could receive a heart painted on their cheeks or other creative designs. This "service" was complemented with a photo shoot in the photo corner where snapshots were taken from individuals or groups in costume. The photos will be presented at a later stage and can then also be ordered upon request.
In the small break, all students received a delicious - and of course organic - donuts with extra jam. This sweet treat had kindly been provided to us by the Parents' Association together with the BUS parents' kiosk and supported by Il Cielo. Thank you for this generous donation!
During the lunch break, bands, consisting of teachers and students, created a vibrant and rocking atmosphere. The costume contest in the categories for best individual costume and best group costumes was a fun and original show act. The lucky winners included the "Mad Hatter" from "Alice in Wonderland" and the "Herd of Escaped Zoo Animals".
The fifth season, to which Carnival is also referred to, enables young people to indulge in the hilarious and fun celebrations, to slip into other roles, to let their imagination run free and to break up the self-image defined by the normal attire and appearance. In a school with many nationalities, such as the ESM, Carnival also fosters a sense of solidarity as disguising oneself might help to overcome the boundaries between nationalities and thus contributing to the process of integration in a fun, enjoyable and light-hearted manner.