International Family Day 2017

On Saturday, 20 May 2017, we will be celebrating our 14th IFD! It will be a fabulous event for the whole family. Planning is in full swing, and anyone who is interested in getting involved or helping us can contact me.

Not only does International Family Day exist to celebrate the great diversity and amazing community of SSIS, it also allows us the privilege of supporting several local charities. Again this year, International Family Day will be using funds raised from the success of the event to support chosen local organizations close to our hearts and mission of serving children and families. In 2017, these designated organizations are:

    • SSIS Charity Committee
    • Bo’Ai School, Suzhou, SIP
    • Core of Youth, Care of the Young, Suzhou, SIP
    • Smile for Claire

    Esther Rietberg, 2017 IFD Chair



  • 9:00 Gates Open
  • 9:15 Parade of Nations
  • 9:40 Country Basket Auction Opens - Canteen Lobby
  • 10:00 Grand Opening Remarks and SSIS Taiko Drummers
  • 10:00-14:00 Vendors, Games and Food Booths Open - Field
  • 10:10 Entertainment Programme Commences
  • 10:30-13:00 International Food Booths Open - Canteen
  • 10:30 Country Basket Auction High Bid Update
  • 11:30 Country Basket Auction High Bid Update
  • 12:30 Presentation to the 2017 IFD Charities
  • 12:30 Country Basket Auction High Bid Update
  • 13:00 Raffle Prize Draw - Main Stage
  • 13:00 Country Basket Auction Closed
  • 13:15 Country Basket Winners Displayed-Canteen Lobby
  • 13:45 Closing Remarks
  • 14:00 Country Baskets must be claimed and paid prior to this time

Main Stage Programme

  • 9.15 Parade of Nations
  • 10.00 Grand Opening by the SSIS Taiko Drummers
  • 10.10 Martina Stiller, Vocals
  • 10.20 Indian Dance
  • 10.25 Chaeyoun Ko, Vocals
  • 10.35 Gabriel Sim, Vocals
  • 10.40 Chinese Community Kids Band, Soloist and Drum Dance
  • 10.55 Chairman
  • 11.20 Joyce Yan, Vocals
  • 11.30 SSIS Community Choir and Senior Choir Notorious Voices
  • 11.40 Chen Jia Gou Taichi
  • 11.50 Korean Taekwondo
  • 12.05 SSIS Concert Band
  • 12.15 Misconception
  • 12.30 Presentation to the 2017 IFD charities
  • 12.45 SSIS Elementary Choir
  • 13.00 The FABULOUS RAFFLE PRIZE draw
  • 13.45 Closing remarks

Parade of Nations

Join us promptly at 9:15 am for the opening of International Family Day 2017 with the colorful spectacle of our annual Parade of Nations where traditional costumes, national anthems, flags and a little healthy rivalry bring our community together for this amazing day of family, fun, food and entertainment!

Games, Activities, Entertainment & Tombola

Join us between 10am and 2pm for more excitement than you can handle! Bring your coupons and come ready to play, win prizes and have fun! You’ll want to be sure to use a few of those coupons to make your best guess at the Elementary Baskets estimation game…put your skills to work and win one of those famous baskets overflowing with fun! In addition, take time to see many of the various performances taking place on our main stage throughout the day and be amazed by the talent and creativity that make up our SSIS Community!

  • Climbing Wall
  • Multiple Games to Test Your Skill and Make You Laugh
  • Pony Rides
  • Bounce House
  • Tombola - Everyone’s Favorite Lucky Draw
  • Photo Booth
  • Main Stage International Cultural Performances and Band Entertainment

Food Booths & International Coffee Corner

It wouldn’t be International Family Day without all of the delicious food and specialties from around the world! Perhaps an Australian sausage or USA hot dog are your favorite? Or is it the bibimbap from Korea or the curry and rice from India? Don’t forget the pizza from Italy and rice and noodles provided by Singapore and Malaysia! Bring your appetite and try them all!In addition to thirteen food booths representing 14 countries, this year IFD will also include an International Coffee Corner where you can relax for a bit and enjoy the sights and sounds while sipping coffee, tea or lemonade and snacking on sweet treats and salty snacks from more than 12 additional countries!


More than 65 high quality vendors will be selling their wares and promoting their businesses and services at International Family Day 2017. Everything from clothing and gifts to homewares and toys, there is certain to be something for you!Many of our vendors will be accepting coupons for payment, thus allowing us to give even more to our designated charities as a result of the success of IFD!


The prizes are big and our raffle is one part of International Family Day you won’t want to miss!Be sure to purchase your tickets and enter your name into the lucky draw for an amazing prize. The more tickets you buy, the greater your chances of winning! Tickets are sold 2 for 50RMB and the draw will take place on the Main Stage at 1:00pm.

Country Baskets

The fun of International Family Day does not have to end on May 20th. Visit our Country Baskets display and place your bid in the silent auction to win one or more of our fabulous collections representing the flavors and international flair of the day!Each basket provides an opportunity to continue enjoying IFD and the joy of the SSIS Community at your home. Place your bid and be sure at least one becomes yours!


The only way to enjoy all of the food and fun on International Family Day is to purchase your coupons!Coupons are sold in sheets of 10 for 50RMB.Please note that cash will not be accepted at Food Booths, International Coffee Corner, Games, Photo Booth, Tombola or Elementary Baskets areas.

Location & Transport

Parking: You will be able to park in the Aeon Mall carpark however there is a small cost after 2 hours. There will be limited parking available on the streets surrounding the school

Train: Zhong Nan Jie Station, Exit 2, walk south along Zhong Nan Street (5-10 minutes)

IFD Chair & Entertainment
Esther Rietberg

Country Baskets
Ana Barbara

Country Food Booth
Hiroko Matsuki

Vendors & Raffle

Celine Xu

Lucy Burden

Kim Jacobson

Nick Little