HELP International School is thrilled to announce the success of its "Celebration of the Arts Week", held from 19 to 23 June 2023. It was a week of awe-inspiring events that showcased the remarkable artistic abilities and creative endeavors of its students. From captivating talks to curated exhibitions and a dazzling musical production, the week-long extravaganza left attendees enthralled and inspired.
The event launch was graced by renowned artist Red Hong Yi visiting the school to deliver an inspiring talk about her artistic journey and insights with students, parents, and esteemed guests, followed by a book signing of her first book, “How to Paint Without a Brush: The Art of Red Hong Yi”. During her presentation, Red Hong Yi's remarkable talent and visionary approach left a lasting impact especially on the young students, serving as a true inspiration to the aspiring artists.
One of the most captivating elements of the "Celebration of the Arts" Week was the exhibition featuring meticulously curated artwork by the School's IGCSE and A-Level students. Among the outstanding pieces, Sydney Lee's artwork stood out, reflecting the profound influence and creative exploration inspired by Red Hong Yi's work. Lee's exceptional talent, combined with her passion for self-expression through art and dedication to addressing social issues, particularly animal cruelty, earned her accolades from all who had the pleasure of witnessing her extraordinary vision. Lee is now set to pursue her tertiary education at the prestigious Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, commencing in September this year.
Red Hong Yi with HELP International School student Sydney Lee, who proudly presents her artwork inspired by Red Hong Yi
Red Hong Yi expressed her delight in giving a talk to the HELP International School students, finding it incredibly refreshing and energising due to their enthusiasm. “I was particularly impressed by the students’ artwork showcased at the exhibition. The teachers at HELP International School are doing an exceptional job in encouraging, nurturing, and fostering the arts among the students. It's amazing to see what the new generation is learning in school”. Red Hong Yi also emphasised that the journey of discovering and experimenting is vital to foster creativity, and she encouraged the continuation of this growth mindset.
Red Hong Yi is mesmerised by the artwork created by one of the talented students
At the launch event, guests were treated to mesmerising musical performances by the gifted pianist Jolynn Chew and marimba player Ian Chow. Their remarkable talent captivated the audience, leaving them awestruck and applauding in admiration. Adding to the delightful experience, Year 10 GCSE Food and Nutrition students showcased their culinary skills at a beautiful food tech display, offering delectable treats that were savored by all.
The pinnacle of the Celebration of the Arts Week was the two-day staging of the renowned musical production, "Little Shop of Horrors." A collaborative effort of over 70 students, including actors, musicians, backstage crew, and production members, the performance left the audience spellbound with its flawless execution, stunning set designs and props, and remarkable talent on display. The sheer dedication, commitment, and teamwork demonstrated by these students were a testament to the vibrant arts culture at HELP International School.
Captivating performances and stunning props in action
The “Little Shop of Horrors” musical production staged recently by HELP International School students was a success
A proud parent, Ms. Fiona Yew, shared that her daughter who played one of the leading roles has always loved the performing arts. “I could see it was challenging for her to balance the demands of the rehearsals on top of her school work, but it was such a rewarding and satisfying experience. Not only has she made many new friends with the same passion, they were able to work together under the tutelage of their dedicated production teachers, to deliver an incredible performance.”
"The success of the Celebration of the Arts Week at HELP International School is a testament to the immense talent and dedication of our students and teachers. We are very proud of their achievements and their ability to use the arts as a medium for self-expression and addressing important social issues, whether it is through visual art, performing art, music, media art and culinary art. The event has fostered a sense of unity and appreciation for the arts within our school community,” remarked Mr. Martin Van Rijswijk, Principal.
HELP International School's Celebration of the Arts Week has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on its students, parents and attendees. The School remains committed to nurturing artistic talent, encouraging creativity, and providing a platform for students to explore their passions. With such a resounding success, the future of the arts at HELP International School shines brighter than ever.
To enquire about HELP International School, please contact 016-668 0549 / 010 668 0647 or visit www.his.edu.my.