The first day of school was made very memorable for a lot of kindergartners at the Xinshahui school in Shenzhen: they were greeted with their first-ever (hopefully) live pole dancing performance.

You read that right. They weren’t stressing out over whether or not they went hard enough on their first-day outfits. They weren’t counting all of their pencils and crayons and crisp notebooks and comparing them with their friends. They weren’t gushing over all the things they did and didn’t do over the summer. 

Instead, they were subjected to a strange and incongruent series of celebratory displays dreamed up by the school’s principal. Journalist Michael Standaert, whose children were enrolled in the kindergarten, caught some of the madness on tape.

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