The Harbour School resurrects the Renaissance, breathes life into learning history in the classroom

June 21, 2016


Hong Kong, June 21, 2016 - The Harbour School's Ap Lei Chau campus was yesterday transformed into a medieval market village awashed with the colours, characters and costumes of 11th to 16th century European Renaissance.


The Renaissance Faire is an annual event at THS, and a capstone project for the Fourth Grade students of the school. Organised by the Fourth Graders and their teachers, the Faire was especially successful this year due to the extraordinary effort from the entire school community into making the event as authentic as possible, paying close attention to historical facts, accuracy and details.


A key highlight of the Faire is the more than 200 beautifully-made costumes worn by students and teachers of the school. Teachers and students looked resplendent clothed in their authentically tailored brocade and velvet costumes, all designed and sewn by THS Middle School Literacy coordinator Jenny Stroud (pictured left) with a small army of able helpers including co-teacher Matthew Lau.


Cross collaboration between grades was also a feature of this year's Faire which significantly contributed to the event's success. Students in pre-Kindergarten performed the Maypole Dance which is a popular dance in medieval Europe where dancers move in a circle each holding a ribbon attached to a central pole. Eighth graders performed excerpts of the popular play Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare throughout the day including arguably, the most exciting action sequence in a Renaissance play - the fight scene between Tybalt and Mercutio. 

Scroll through the gallery of pictures above to get a feel for a very special day indeed at THS. Please email for more information, interviews and pictures of this year's Renaissance Faire. 





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