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Students of Years 8, 9, 10 and certain students of Year 7(based on teacher recommendation) will be writing six contests run by the American Scholastic Mathematics Association (ASMA) over this academic year. Each contest is made up of 7 questions to be completed in 35 minutes. The contest papers will be marked at school. ASMA will compare the cumulative scores worldwide and announce the result in the Final Awards Newsletter. The student with the highest cumulative score for each school will receive an individual Highest Scoring Student Award Certificate. On the left is the list of the students, in alphabetical order, who performed well on contest 1, getting at least 4 questions correct out of 7. You can also read a short note from two of the participants-Mrs. Ray
The ASMA questions challenged the students to make them think outside the box. The Y10’s were able to achieve higher scores, as they had a greater knowledge and understanding of the questions, whereas the younger, less experienced students, of Y8 and Y9 found the test fairly challenging. An anonymous student from Y9 said that he found the test fairly challenging as he rated it 5.5 out of 10 (10 being extremely hard, 1 being extremely easy). He said that the last two questions were ‘enough to challenge that young mind of his’. The mathematical concepts presented were familiar to most students, although a complicated twist was added to them -Martin Francony and Edward Williams (Year 10)
Do you know how many fish die every time you throw a plastic wrapper into the sea?
Well about 5! We know this because we cleaned the Shek Pai Wan beach in Lama island with the organization Hong Kong Clean Up (HKCU). By doing this we saved thousands of fish and we cleaned (very dirty) beach. You can look at the photos and see the state of the beach before and after clean up !
If you would like to clean beaches with us and save fish please look at HKCU’s website: http://www.hkcleanup.org/ If you like the video, please talk about it to friends and family and come to speak to us. Alexia Loiseau ( Y8A ) & Charlotte Van Derlist ( Y8B )
Watch our video of the day here !
The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important festival to Chinese people after the Spring Festival. The festival is also known as the "Day of Reunion" and the "Moon Festival".
As a cultural emersion, the Year 7 students did a project to celebrate the festival. The project is divided into two parts: first, the students watched a video about the legend of the festival, then they made a flap book. The focus of the project was to show the students’ language proficiency at different levels. The advanced students wrote the names of the school subjects that they take, while the standard students wrote characters like moon, sun, goat, mountain and people, etc. The project provided the students an opportunity to practise their writing skills in a fun and interesting way.
The group 4 project is a collaborative activity where students from different group 4 subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and ESS) work together on a scientific or technological topic, allowing for concepts and perceptions from across the disciplines to be shared in line with aim 10 of IB sciences—that is, to “develop an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and their influence on other areas of knowledge”.
The group 4 project allows students to appreciate the environmental, social and ethical implications of science and technology. It may also allow them to understand the limitations of scientific study, for example, the shortage of appropriate data and/or the lack of resources. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary cooperation and the processes involved in scientific investigation.
Last Thursday, 8th October, the entire Year 13 went to Tai Tam Reservoir for the Group 4 Science Project, a collaborative activity where students from all the different sciences work together and conduct a scientific investigation.
This year, the theme was ‘Biodiversity’. The students were split up into 6 different groups, each investigating a different research question. Within each group contained students from each different science subject – Physics, Biology, Chemistry and ESS, to create a diverse and well-rounded group. The aim of the Group 4 project is to develop an understanding of the relationship between the sciences and how each is intrinsically linked to one another.
It was a perfect day for the project and all the students were eager to get their hands dirty and investigate the biodiversity around the reservoir. The students spread themselves out, occupying all corners of the allocated area. There were many interesting features present in the reservoir, from towering trees to rocky inlets to shallow streams. Everyone worked extremely co-operatively and tried their best to use scientific precaution in collecting their data. At the end of the day, the students headed back to school to analyse the data collected and begin on their presentations.
Overall, the Group 4 Project was an overwhelming success. It gave students the opportunity to work together across the sciences, leading to the sharing of information and knowledge. Most importantly, the students’ teamwork skills were put to the test, with each and every student working as hard as they could to make the most out of this invaluable experience. Miguel Santana
We not only had the opportunity to strengthen our relationships with other students but we also were able to investigate our research questions from different scientific perspectives. Teamwork and collaboration was crucial to the project as this allowed us to consider different skill sets and utilize these skills with little access to information. Although there were times when we had disagreements within the group due to our different scientific backgrounds, we found that we were most effective when we collaborating and combining our different perspectives which as a result gave a more thorough investigation of our questions. Overall, the group 4 project allowed us to challenge ourselves while learning more about the different sciences. It was a very enlightening and valuable experience that allowed us to see how important each science is not only on its own but even more so when used in tandem. Sophie and Melissa
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In English we've been looking at the ability of words to create images, and what impact different words have when creating these images in our minds. We learnt that different words can portray images either directly, or even indirectly. We first looked at riddles and how they engage their readers, then Shakespeare's sonnets, or more specifically sonnets 18 and 116 to see how powerful words can be. After studying these, we went into some depth with iambic pentameter and the structure of ideas using quatrains and couplets.
Now that we were fully equipped with knowledge on how to write a sonnet, we set about writing our own. And I have to say, we all did a pretty good job!” Rachel Lim, 8A
The Extended Essay Exhibition took place on the evening of Tuesday the 13th of October. It presented an opportunity for U6 students to not only showcase their final Extended Essays but it also allowed the L6, Form 5s, parents and teachers to gain a greater understanding of the research and writing process of the Extended Essay.
The EE is a requirement of the IB diploma in which students complete an in-depth study into any suitable topic within an IB subject of their choice. The process, although overseen by a subject specific supervisor, allows students to independently develop research and analytical skills that will likely prove to be invaluable in all future studies.
Through the explanation of our EEs, the exhibition allowed us to reflect on both the various skills we acquired and the struggles that were presented to us throughout the essay writing process. The attendees of the exhibition were encouraged to pose challenging and thought-provoking questions that in turn encouraged all U6 students to enhance their communication skills. Overall the evening was a great success in which students were passionately able to demonstrate their pride for their finished work. Isabella Strapp & Daniella Wilson
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How well do scientists fit the FIS personal profile (I PROMISE) – an investigation by Year 7 students
How well do environmental activists fit the FIS personal profile (I PROMISE) – an investigation by Year 12 ESS students
For the past six weeks, Year 11 IGCSE art have been studying a past exam subject – observation of flowers with a branch and buds by providing pieces of different flowers using different techniques such as watercolour, colour pencils and black ink. This project has greatly improved many classmates’ confidence with observation and has provided us with an opportunity to use new techniques. Some amazing work has come out the project and it has helped us to discover our talents in observation. As a preparation tool, the project has helped us to know how to manage our time come the final exam. - Gina Henderson Y11B