AISZ celebrated the Nordic Countries for Passport Day on December 3 by designing and creating Viking helmets, watching a production of Pippi Longstocking, and having a wonderful surprise visit from Father Christmas. St. Lucia and her chorus started the event with a procession throughout the school singing the famed “Santa Lucia” song of the winter light festival.
The event featured the countries of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland. The students were greeted by very friendly customs agents who stamped their passports with a beautifully designed sticker with all five Nordic countries included. Upon entrance “into the region,” the students were treated to a lovely slideshow showcasing the gorgeous sights of the five countries, its songs, sports, animals, and people.
The visit included learning a Nordic art and craft, participating in a raffle for completing a quiz about the region, playing a bit of floorball, and sampling delicious homemade treats from Sweden. All were invited to have a try at ice-fishing--not for the traditional Lutefisk, but for sweets and candies known around the region. Student-made snowflakes were suspended to create a wintery yet warm atmosphere, complementing the Nordic-themed Christmas ornaments adorning the stunning Norway pine. Students from JK to Grade 12 participated in a most wonderful cultural event.