Regional Days are specific days dedicated to celebrating and sharing the culture of a certain region of the planet. You only get to celebrate a specific regional day once every two years. This means that NARD was experienced by everyone at the school for the first time, even the second years. NARD will not be an event now for two years.
People who were a part of North America all got together weeks in advance to start planning and organizing the event. The regional day needed to include workshops, and a show filled with performances for the evening. We also needed to plan out two big meals for the day and decorate the cafeteria. The theme for the day would be Summer Camp and the theme for the evening dinner would be Hollywood.
When the big day finally rolled around, we had a group of kids going around campus into each house waking people up with very typical North American music at 10:30 am. At 11 am we had a NARD flag raising with Niko from California playing the trumpet. At the same time we had a State Fair Brunch going on, which is a typical event that happens quite often in the United States and Mexico. There were hot dogs, corn on the cob, churros, nanimo bars, and powdered donuts!
At 12 pm everyone went in front of East house to play summer camp games until 1pm. After that everyone got into their cabin groups which had been previously assigned. With our groups we rotated through all of the workshops from 1:30 to 4:30.
There was a pop culture workshop which included “Meme 101” and learning a dance from Hannah Montana. There was a “stories of independence” workshop where we learned about how Canada, United States, Mexico and Greenland got their independence or were in the middle of getting it. Next there was an “Indigenous sharing” workshop where we all sat around a bonfire and talked about issues surrounding the aboriginal population in Canada. The next workshop was called “East to West” where we learned how to play the ukulele which originated from Hawaii and then we learned a dance from Newfound Land and learned a little bit about their culture. The fifth workshop was about Mexico/US relations but not politically or economically. We had two of our second years, Ivonne from Mexico and Omaar from the US (ancestry in Mexico) talk about their personal experiences concerning both countries. Last but not least there was a workshop which talked about the bilingualism in Canada.
As soon as the workshops ended everyone ran to get to their houses. The dinner was in one hour and everyone had to change into fancy clothes and get ready. When we got to the dinner at 5:30 there were students ready to open the doors for you, then there were pictures taken and then a student would escort you to a table. The whole cafeteria looked completely different. It had been decorated excellently by the kids in charge of it. There was a buffet which didn’t take the kids long to eat. We were all much more excited to be taking pictures with each other. Most of the hour and a half was spent taking pictures.
The show was supposed to start at 7pm so anyone performing or taking part in the show had to be there at 6:50. At 6:54 I had realized what time it was, sprinted up to the Max Bell hall (a very, very tiring climb), and when I got to the top I realized I had forgotten to change into my appropriate clothing so I sprinted back to my room changed and ran back by 7pm exactly. Now my role in the show was being an MC along with Charles from Québec, Fen from Saskatchewan and Molly from Maine. The premise of the whole show was a family (the MC’s) taking a road trip around all North America and seeing all the culture and diversity the region has to offer. Molly and I played the role of siblings and Charles and Fen were the parents. My character played a very sarcastic, and humorous teenager. This worked very well as the people who wrote the script wrote my lines based off my personality. My character showed distaste towards North America throughout the show, however near the end my character started to gain more appreciation for North America. At the end you find out, that my character is actually a Pearson College student and this whole road trip was meant to drop me off at school for the first time at the end.
The performances in the show were excellent! There was Mexican music and singing (Mexico), a jazz performance (New Orleans). There was an evolution of dance and swing dance performance (New York), a spoken word about the USA and a mask dance (Greenland). The Petitcodiac (New Brunswick), Highland dance and Barrett’s Privateers (East coast), a hockey song (Montreal), a line dance (Alberta), a hippie video (British Columbia) and two final spoken words. At the very end, everyone who belongs in North America came up to the stage and we all sang a song together. The show finished by 9pm.
At 9:30 there was a disco party which lasted a very long time. The whole day ended up being so much fun, and I’ve made so many amazing memories. This will be one day I never want to forget. I just can’t wait for other Regional days to happen over the course of the next two years!