24 April, 2023

April 22 Happenings: International Day and More

International Day 2023

Spring has arrived and flowers are blooming. Saturday, April 22 has been particularly busy on our campus. Dalian American International School, Dalian Huamei School, and five other international schools from all around China celebrated the day with an amazing audio-visual feast for students and parents.

International Day

International Day held on April 22 in the South Gym brought together hundreds of students, teachers and parents from 20 countries, with food, decorations, music, fancy outfits, and games. During the event, we could experience the charm of multiculturalism in our school. It was great to see people from different parts of the world, with different views and traditions come together and celebrate our diversity.

International Day games

Creativity and music were a big part of the day with Ms. Ashley Mims and our musicians starting the day's proceedings with the US and Chinese national anthems and then the live band musicians from our staff and friends, with Mr. Tim Mitchell's songs and renditions at the US booth and the other various acts of music, dance and yoga.

Our Parent Support Group guided by Linda Mari and Karen Tang have led their first official event since the new committee has been set up in March. We highly appreciate their involvement in the planning, coordination and presentation for the colorful and vibrant International Day booths, as well as the street food vendors and fun activities.

Click here to see more pictures from this colorful festival.

Earth Day

Earth Day, which is celebrated every year on April 22, is a worldwide environmental protection event. Earth Day was first celebrated in the 1970s in the United States as an environmental movement on school campuses, but in the 1990s it spread from the United States to the world and became a day for environmentalists and environmental protection advocates around the world, with people of different nationalities promoting and practicing the concept of environmental protection in their own ways.

Earth Day activities

This year, we celebrated Earth Day and International Day at the same time, and DAIS Elementary students took part in this initiative by offering fun activities and presentations in their classrooms. Our program at Dalian American International School encourages students to develop creativity and sustainability, considering these as the main skills and needs for 21st century citizens.

Chinese Provinces Showcase

On the same day, teachers and students of Huamei Bilingual and Heritage showcased different Chinese cities and provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai, Liaoning, Heilongjiang, Yunnan, Gansu, and many others. We could learn more about nature, traditions, food, clothes, and famous people of each region. By doing research by themselves and learning about the characteristics of their hometowns, our students, with the help of their teachers and parents, set up booths with regional characteristics in the Bilingual School building so that everyone could experience the customs of different regions without leaving Dalian.

Students play traditional Chinese games


Dalian American International School hosted the Gold Division ACAMIS Football on April 20-22, 2023. This tournament gave students from six schools around China an excellent chance to foster athleticism, competitiveness, sportsmanship, respect, leadership, discipline, and a sense of responsibility for themselves, the team and the community.

Girls soccer game

Having gone five years without ACAMIS on campus, it was a joy to host schools from Hangzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen, and Beijing during the Gold Division ACAMIS Football competition held on our campus and at the local No. 24 school in Jinshitan. Saturday, April 22 was reserved for Semi Finals, Placing Games, and Finals. Guests commented on how welcoming our community was, and we can be proud of the contributions made by our whole community and our soccer teams.

Boys soccer team

Congratulations to DAIS Boys and Girls teams on both finishing in 3rd place overall! Please visit this page for the tournament information and results and please find the pictures of football games here.

ACAMIS Badminton

On the 19th of April our Varsity Badminton Team headed to Shenzhen for the ACAMIS tournament. 16 schools with 24 teams competed in a nationwide competition for high school children. The DAIS/Huamei team consisted of 4 boys and 4 girls accompanied by the badminton coaches Ms. Sonsie Ang, Ms. Ana Baltatescu, and Mr. Nicholas Wong.

Badminton game

Our teams fought hard and played some of the best games they ever have against some very high-level teams. Our boy singles player, John Zhao reached the quarter finals. The boys' doubles players Jack Wang and Jason Liu also made it to the quarter finals; a stellar result for their first outing to a big competition. The whole group team of singles and doubles players together made it through to the quarter finals of their division. The coaches were so proud of their team spirit, sportsmanship and drive. They even had the chance to form some friendships along the way.

We’re looking forward to the next competition and can’t wait to see what they will achieve next.

Badminton team

Congratulations everyone for bringing about a true expression of why our school is a really cool place to be!