It’s mid-autumn festival and time to barbeque with family and friends.
The students put on their annual school barbeque last night. At AST we have students who are used to running the show. They start in middle school with running meetings and making all announcements at weekly assemblies. By the time they get to high school they organize complicated events with ease.
I was chaperoning the kitchen activity for the barbeque. All I really needed to do was answer questions about where to find the pots and pans. The students prepped mountains of vegetables, cooked a Taiwanese barbeque, and cleaned up beautifully. (except for some spills in the new oven which I want to take care of – anyone have good oven cleaning suggestions?)
Some of the food was unfamiliar to me like these mushrooms and a cross between a gourd, melon, and cucumber.
Baby corn is almost all husks and corn silk, doesn’t really seem worth the effort.
The outer layer of the bamboo (?) is peeled and you eat the tender inner bit.
No one could quite agree on what these cakes were made of….maybe very mild fish? But everyone agreed they were tasty and well worth eating.
Lots and lots of volunteers in the kitchen. For some reason the tiny bright pink bunny apron is most popular with the biggest guys. They run to be the first to get to it. Seriously. Every class.
The barbecue also included a volleyball tournament in the (air conditioned!) gym and a movie for those who were feeling less energetic. By the time the late bus left at 7:30 that night the high school students were playing very informal volleyball (some of the players switched sides as needed and there was always a helping hand for a serve that wasn’t going to make it over the net), others were playing basketball, and the sixth graders were taking notes on how they were going to be the big kids one day.
*the school slogan is “Excited about learning, and happy to be here” but one of the posters for the barbeque had this version