ISMILE Graduation 2017
SHINING ALL THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!
Twenty amazing K2 children graduated last June 3, 2017 at the Titan Center in Bintaro. The whole program was managed by the children themselves – from introducing the next person to speak to what is expected thereafter. It was a big challenge as the children learned their lines as well as the different performances they had to do. It was truly wonderful to see the children faultlessly delivering their lines and for the children’s Welcome Address in Mandarin.
The program started with the K2 children going up the stage and leading the Indonesia Raya followed by the Welcome Remarks of Ms. Jackie. The K2 children were grouped into two and one group sang the worship songs in Mandarin, then the other group in English.
The graduation theme was inspired by the book, “Oh, ThePlacesYou’ll Go!” by Dr.Seuss.The book is about a child who goes on a journey. He stumbles and falls along the way but that does not keep him keep from reaching great heights! He stands up and strives harder! As we bid goodbye to these twenty children who have been with Ismile Bellezza for more than two years of their lives, we truly believe that they will succeed, “98 and ¾ percent guaranteed!”
All the chosen songs and music had the theme of “Be the best that you can be”. Two groups of children showed off their talents. Each group recited excerpts from the book before they performed. The first group sang the song, “I am a Promise” with 5 pairs of children singing a short duet. While the second group played instruments (e.g., glockenspiel, egg shakers, clappers and violin) and some children singing to the song, “Touch the Sky” from the animation, “Brave”. The K2 children closed the graduation ceremony with the song, “Dynamite”, an explosive hip song of triumph!
We bid farewell to these twenty K2 children as Dr. Seuss says . . .
“Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!”
" You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who'll decide where to go." - Dr. Seuss.
ISMILE PLAZA INDONESIA
It was such a joyous and heartfelt moment as ISMILE Plaza Indonesia's Kindergarten 2 Batch 2017 threw their caps up and declared preschool gradutes. While the children were full of smiles, parents, and teachers were teary-eyed yet tremendously proud. Their ISMILE journey has come to an end, yet one of their biggest adventures in life is just waiting in the corner.
The event was held in Usmar Ismail Hall in Kuningan, last June 3, 2017. The K2 girls were beautiful in soft purple pastel dresses and the boys were dashing in their black-vested blue long sleeve shirts and pants. Parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, and other loved ones were in attendance. The K2 batch was especially recognized as their moms prepared a special feast with loads of goodies in their dessert table.
During the ceremony, memories were recalled- the learnings, the laughter, the tears, the scraped knees, and the deep relationship forged. Parents were thanked and honored, to show appreciation for their deep love and ceaseless support all these years. Ms. Dian and Ms. Arline shared heartwarming tales of theur own journey as ISMILE parents, of thow they have felt seeing their children grow in school, in faith and in love. With Morgan at the helm and the K2 moms supporting him, he presented the school with their batch's gift - a token to remember them by.
The occasion marked an ending and a beginning. As their teacher since Kindergarten 1, the two years definetely flew by. It was bittersweet to be bursting with pride for these little ones as they received they graduation certificates while at the same time getting ready to officially say goodbye to all 19 of them.
Nonetheless, it was clear that the teachers, parents, and loved ones will continue to be staunch supporters of this batch of graduates. Out thoughs and prayers for their happiness, well-being, and continued growth will always remain.
Congratulations, K2, and well done!
How is it to shine and reflect God’s light? The initial step of the journey was taken by the Kindergarten 2s of ISMILE Bandung as they took their final bows last June 4, 2017 at Dago Theater. The graduates exuded excitement and confidence as they delivered their speeches of gratitude and their learning experiences to their parents, teachers and to the school. Giving their best performance, the class moved gleefully to the tunes of “Let Your Light Shine” and “Shine Your Way”. They also proudly sang, “Flashlight” to honor their parents, who served to be their guiding light and their first teachers in life. Moving testimonials were given by Ms. Steviana Budianto and Mr. Chandra who both shared how the ISMILE family became a part of their children's formative years.
As the diplomas were received and tassels were turned that signaled the completion of their preschool education, the graduates danced and sang “What I Am” by Will.I.Am. Belting out the lyrics of the song “And I will always be the best me that I can be, nothing’s gonna bring me down, I’ll keep getting stronger…” We hope that the new graduates not only bring with them memories of fun, laughter and friendship but also the important values and the character that were inculcated in them throughout the years, that is excellence in everything they do for the glory of God.
“In the same way let you light shine before others, that they may see you good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16