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The FIS Medical Journal is a monthly edition journal that brings medical and scientific breakthroughs, news, community inspired articles, and research into universities, contests as well as application advice. Our goal is to bring to you these topics in a way that we hope is unique to any other journal out there; it’s fun and engaging, designing for students! Please check out our January and February editions that are already published!
In this session, we learnt that there are 3 types of drugs: stimulant (increasing speed of the nerves), depressant (decreasing speed of the nerves), and hallucinogen (creating scary hallucinations for the mind often). Cannabis (marijuana) is a depressant and a hallucinogen and is a very commonly used drug. There is also Ice and Ketamine, both used by people substantially in Hong Kong. All these drugs have terrible side effects and are used to give a high feeling. We also learnt that many young people start taking drugs because of peer pressure from friends. IMPORTANT MESSAGE: SAY NO TO DRUGS. No matter how tempting it is if you are in a party, hanging out with friends, or wherever, always say no and avoid the drug. Your friends will probably think low of you but you are making a brilliant choice by not taking the drug. They don’t know the bad consequences of drugs. We were also shown a video on a boy escaping a peer pressure situation with drugs being offered.
We also learnt that alcohol is consumed a lot and there are its consequences too. One standard drink can cause relaxation and happiness, but more than that within the same hour is harmful to the body. After 16 standard drinks within one hour, you will probably die. Bharat Namboodiri, Year 8
In art we started a topic a couple weeks ago called ‘Hong Kong Urban Jungle’ where on your canvas you have to have the symbols of Hong Kong and a symbol or picture representing an urban place and a jungle. The first step we did starting this project was develop ideas in our sketch books by thinking of words describing ‘Hong Kong’, ‘Urban’ and ‘Jungle’. When we finally got an idea of what to put on our canvas, we developed a sketch for our ‘master pieces’. Which is when we put the idea on our canvas and started painting. The experience of doing this project was very fun especially knowing that the finished product would go in an exhibition. Laetitia Tabar Y10A
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To start off with, this was one of my music projects in Mr. Wan’s class. We were supposed to perform a piece of music, whereby most people played the piano. However, I prefer to proceed with the electronic route – I made an unconventional remix.
This remix is a dance track mixed with the Hong Kong’s most famous Mass Transit Railway announcements. Well, how did this idea come to my mind? My friend Hugo kept on mumbling these announcements in Mathematics class which made everyone laugh. I reckoned that these MTR announcements is very familiar with the people of Hong Kong. I wanted to make something with a deep sense of cultural heritage out of my music project, and therefore I have decided to adopt these announcements which suddenly flashed across my mind.
The results of my performance was unexpected.
My classmates were very confused about the performance as there was a video playing in the background – a few cute cartoons dancing to Gangnam Style, while the music was playing… and it was not in sync.
I then played the track one more time, this time without the distracting video. They were laughing hilariously this time. *Ding*, my performance was a success! Bernard Tam-year 9
On Monday 1st February, at the Asia Society Center, over 25 international stream students were fortunate enough to attend an evening dialogue with Polish born Mr. Dov Landau, one of the few remaining holocaust survivors. One of the main focuses of the talk was ‘remembering the past: educating the future’ which meant that as the future leaders, discussions like these are key to ensuring the mistakes of the past are never repeated.
At the age of just 13 in 1939, Mr. Landau was sent to his first concentration camp were he was separated from his mother and two younger brothers who were murdered in the gas chambers, whilst Mr. Landau and his father remained in the camp. After this, they were sent to Auschwitz, one of the most notorious camps with estimates suggesting that up to 1.6 million were actually killed there. After this, Mr. Landau was one of a group of 200 who were sent to mine coal to fuel the German army and it was here that he was separated from his father, whose body was not physically strong enough to cope with the hard labour. By the age of 15, he had lost both of his parents, and had participated in the ‘death march’ of three days and nights without food until he reached a train station where he was liberated by American forces on April 11 1945.
When Mr. Landau moved to Israel, he joined the army and was held prisoner of war by the Jordanians for 11 months before being released. He is still living in Israel with his family at the age of 87!
His inspiring story lead to the character ‘Dov Landau’ from the book and film Exodus being modelled on him.
Hearing Mr. Landau’s struggle definitely put into perspective the lack of humanity that was prevalent across Hitler’s regime from 1933 and made us realise how fortunate we are to have never experienced such atrocities. At the end of the talk the audience was allowed to ask questions, with two FIS students being picked and asking insightful questions which allowed us to better put ourselves in his shoes. As a survivor, his slightly surprising amount of optimism at life was heartening and he was positive that nothing like the Holocaust would ever happen again. All in all, a truly remarkable evening, which left all the historians of FIS with plenty to think about. Charlotte Williams, y12
Our first Kindness week that took place end of January 2016 was a great success. During that week, students and staff were made more aware of the importance of kindness in their lives and the lives of others. It was organised by a group of year 12 students who worked really hard to set up various activities that fostered Kindness and positive feelings around school: Random Acts of Kindness challenge, kind messages sent to others, positive and grateful messages posted on our kindness wall, kindness quotes displayed around the corridors, secret kindness agents , fund raising and charity support. 196 kg of rice were collected for Food Angel , our IB supported charity for this year and HKD 5,809 were raised for Youth Outreach thanks to the Neon dressing day donation and the chocolate bake sale. Thank you to everyone who contributed and donated.
The following Monday , the students and their tutors reflected during their Welfare sessions about what they had felt during the week as receivers or givers of random acts of Kindness and how they will continue to be kind in the Future. Please watch this space as the winners of our Kindness competition will be announced in our next publication. The power of Kindness The science of kindness
For the third year in a row, Y7 and Y8 students are participating in the Prix Azimut. This is an annual reading competition organised by the French schools of Asia. Every year, one specific theme is chosen and five books are selected by the school librarians. The theme for this year is “art’’.
Since October, the students of Y7 and Y8 have started to read, study and successfully complete some tasks related to the books.
The students also had the pleasure to welcome one of the authors in their class on Thursday 28th January: Muriel Bloch who wrote “Quand y a trop y a rien”. They were fully prepared for her visit and had many questions to ask her about herself and the book! They particularly enjoyed her liveliness and kindness and thought she was great fun! Muriel Bloch is not just a writer, she is also a storyteller. She kept the children totally engaged and might even have awaken some vocations...