At the 4th International Inter-school Festival for Foreign Students, an ensemble of ILS 2nd graders from Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands took second place with their rendition of “Jingle Bells". In the literary competition, 12th grader Kim Da-Eun was awarded third place for her reading of Robert Rozhdestvensky’s poem “Ya za toboi cherez goda” (I follow you through the years).
“I have been studying Russian for three years, and I like speaking in the language,” explains Kim Da-Eun. “I believe that my knowledge of Russian will definitely help me in my future profession. I am very pleased to be among the winners at the competition.”
Our school’s International Students Choir, accompanied by ILS music teacher Xu Hongyu (China) also made a strongly positive impression on the judges with their moving performance of the Russian song “Kalinka”.
“When I heard the audience's powerful response to our song, I was quite amazed,” admits Xu Hongyu. “People told me afterward that the whole auditorium came to life when we sang; they liked it so much.”
Every year our international students participate in the International Inter-school Festival for Foreign Students, and they are always among the prize winners.
For their excellent readings of Russian poems, 5th graders Jonas Derks (Netherlands) and Niko Fujinaga (Japan) and 7th grader Cho Yezi received award certificates from the Russian Far Eastern Fund “Russian World” in the category “Russian world for foreign students”.
“Creative contests are always very useful for those studying language and culture,” notes ILS Principal Olga Shevchenko. “I congratulate our students on their success, and I hope that Russian language and culture will inspire them onward to new creative projects!”