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Please check here to find out what's been happening in the Secondary Section
On Wednesday and Thursday night (22,23 June) the Y7s and Y8s performed two fantastic plays. The Y8s did a play by David Harrower based on the book The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, which talks about the exclusion and inclusion of people in society and follows a group of telepathic children led by a boy called David.
Even with slight complications and lots of improvisation during the practice of the Y8 play it turned out brilliant if I do say so myself (after all, that’s the thrill of theatre, isn’t it?)!
Congrats to the Y7s on their amazing play too, which opened our eyes to the world of history and how human perception can alter actual reality ( I know i made that on the fly haha) Rachel Lim - year 8
" It is with very mixed emotions that I bid farewell to one of the most energized learning communities that I have been privileged to be a part. I am sad to leave FIS staff, parents, and especially the students and athletes who are the greatest in the world! At the same time I am thrilled to remain in Hong Kong and for the first time in my 25 year teaching career join a founding faculty at a brand new school next to our home in Tai Po. My 8 years here have changed and challenged me in the most wonderful and positive ways. Thank you for the role each of you have played. I wish you every success now and in the future! " Sincerely,
Mr McEntire - Teacher Librarian Secondary
" I first arrived at FIS in September, 1995 when it was still a small school and we were all located in Jardine’s Lookout. I left after seven years, returning in 2007 to what was now a considerably larger school. Of the schools I have worked in I have been happiest at FIS and this has been principally to do with the calibre and good nature of the students. Every lesson has been a pleasure. I leave with mixed feelings but will keep in touch. " Mr Leach - Secondary English Teacher
" It's been an incredible 10 years and I look forward to bring back new ideas after a year of study in London. See you all very soon. I hope you all had awonderful year and I cannot wait to see you all back in 2017." Mr Wan - Music Teacher
In Science Form 1A have been working to answer a question of their choice on the topic “Space”. They were asked to summarise their information in an innovative and interesting poem. They had learnt the skills required for this during the visit of the poets Michael Salinger and Sarah Holbrook (http://www.michaelsalinger.com/outspoken/one.html) in April. Well done Form 1 A for producing such original and creative poems. Mrs Relan
The annual France Trip is a FIS tradition that has been passed down for 22 years. A memorable experience and a fantastic immersion into the French culture it was no less for our year group, years on. The 38 of us roughly spent 6 days in Paris and 12 in the south, where we enjoyed sailing, kayaking and swimming at the beach. Apart from the water sports, in our groups we explored the beautiful region of Cote D’Azur whilst visiting its many museums and monuments. Although our life in the south was quite tiring it was not as fast-paced or jammed pack as our few days in Paris, in which the famous city didn’t fail to charm us. There were also many opportunities to practice our language skills during this period, as we regularly ordered authentically at the many restaurants we dined at, rest assured the food was excellent. Our last few days were bittersweet, although we missed home we were sad to conclude such a remarkable trip. Now reflecting back, I notice how it helped create a special bond between our year group and forged new and unexpected friendships.
You can watch the video Bernard Tam made here :
On the 3rd June, I received the Junior Referee of the Year Award from the HKRFU. The school has been very supportive in helping me achieve my main goal for this year by allowing me the necessary time off in order to referee in big tournaments, such as the Women’s Sevens and the National School Sevens in London. These tournaments, along with my other matches, have helped me develop and move one step closer to achieving my dream of refereeing professionally. Refereeing at a high level like I did at these tournaments is integral to my development because I experience a level of rugby that is not readily available at regular games in Hong Kong. I’m looking forward to refereeing at a higher level in Hong Kong next season. Harry Parsons
Day 1 Thursday 26th May
On that day , a flood of Year 6s entered the school, eager to see what secondary was like but also slightly nervous. It was ours, the Year 8s’, job to guide them and help them settle in. After the 'Snack and Chat' in the canteen at 10:00am (the snacks were great), the Year 6s proceeded to their first classes which were science and history tasters while we went to our normal classes.
An hour later, the Year 6s came back from their tasters tired, but somewhat relieved to know that secondary teachers wouldn't eat them if they talked in class. After a pleasurable lunch hour, the whole Year 8 took a group photo with their buddies and then proceeded to begin the school tour.
The school tour was a lot like a scavenger hunt with riddles as clues. It was a fun experience as some of the riddles were hard to solve and required our assistance. To end the day, we did a library tour where the Year 6s were shown around the library, where different books were and how to sign into the library.
Overall, I think it was a great day and most of the anxiety that the Year 6s had was cleared and it was fun for us too as we got a taste of leading them around. Of course we missed some periods and that might have added to the fun but that's a different thing. By Akash Rajesh, Year 8
Day 2 Tuesday 7th June .
On Tuesday we were lucky enough to have the Y6s come to our campus for the second time as an introduction to secondary. We got into our pre-arranged groups and Madame Leonard gave us a brief on our project. We had to make our own superhero with a connection to the FIS I PROMISE and present our characters to the parents and teachers that evening. We worked as a team to create our characters. There were stressful times but we took a “mindful minute” to work it out. But of most of all we had lots of fun. We worked on the project all day, around 6:00pm parents started to arrive and Mr. MacEntire had a surprise for everyone. It was a Breakout EDU session. We had 20 minutes to crack clues to unlock 6 different locks on a box. We didn’t get all 6 locks off the box. It was challenging. After we presented our Superhero projects. A fun but long day. Hana Rutherford Year 8
Thank you to Lochie and Luke for this great video of the day !
The CAS element of IB is always approached with great enthusiasm by the students and this year has been no different. The IB group are extremely motivated, inventive and have taken part in a range of interesting experiences throughout the year.
As a school we support the IB students by offering a range of opportunities for them. We started 2015 by packing our bags and heading off to Northern Thailand for a week of activities and service. It is a very special week and I know the memories will stay with the students for a long time. I feel privileged to have spent the week with them. As a student body their conduct, enthusiasm and teamwork are reward enough for the extreme tiredness teachers feel (hopefully Mr. Burgman and Mr. Bogart agree) by the time we get home.
After getting back, the Year 12s begin to prepare to host the Junior Disco, which this year was successfully organized by Charlotte (aka Wonder Woman), Debasmita and Elisabeth. It was a fun evening and enjoyed by all. The Big Day Out was another event supervised by Mr. Horton (many thanks for your support) and supported by Year 12s. The end of the year brought the winter concert which was expertly handled by Clement, Tricia, Debasmita, Mao Lin and Kikinay with support from all of Year 12. The concerts are always well received and enjoyed and this year was no different. A great deal of work goes into preparing the concerts, with (auditions and technical training, supported by Frederic) occurring months before. We are really looking forward to the summer concert.
Along came 2016 and with it the sponsored walk when the whole of the international section leaves the classroom behind and heads up into the Tai Tam Country Park. Again, a great deal of preparation takes place for this to run smoothly. Many thanks to Luca, Estelle and David for their help with this. One of the highlights of the year is the graduation ball which is organized by a small team of Year 12s and preparation for this starts some 10 months prior to the event. The grad ball team arrange everything from the venue to the sponsors to all the little things that make it so special for our graduating class. It is a tough task and our IB students always rise to the challenge. I would like to thank Wei Hua, Sofia, Mao Lin and Murial for taking on this rewarding experience this year and for doing such an excellent job. I am sure our great grad team from last year (Megan, Sophie and Melissa) wished you well.
Alongside all of these events, we have had kindness week, bake sales, beach and trail clean ups. Individually, students have been involved in the following personal experiences: COP 21 Conference, tutoring, sailing, MUN, debating, World Scholars, piano, netball, marine conservation, rowing, read-a-thon, photography and dancing to name a few. Our students work extremely hard and many of them have excelled in their sports and activities.
Fund Raising 2015 / 2016
All the money raised by Year 12 this year has been divided up and donated to the following charities: Médecins Sans Frontières, Food Angels, Room to Read and Volunteers without Borders (which is affiliated to the Maekok River Village in Thailand). This year the donations have helped feed 500 people in Hong Kong through Food Angels and our donation to VWB has supplied musical equipment and a peripatetic teacher to a rural village school in Northern Thailand. Thank you to all of Year 12 for being a great CAS group this year and for all your efforts. You have dealt with the challenges with maturity and good humor. It is also important to mention the graduating class of 2016 (some of whom are seen in the photo to your right) who all successfully completed their personal CAS programmes and did a fantastic job last year of organizing and supporting all the events. I wish you well for your futures and thank you for all your hard work.
Ms Bell , CAS Coordinator for IBDP
The Graduation Ball is an annual celebration for the graduating year to congratulate them on finishing the 2 year pre-university course: IB. It is organized by a group of people from the current Year 12. This year it was us: Kylie, Muriel, Sofia and Mao Lin. At the time, we did not realize the enormity of organizing the event but as time progressed and the amount to do in preparation of the event continued to pile up, the feelings of stress in addition to excitement grew.
Fortunately, the Graduation Ball was a success! People enjoyed the assortment of prizes we provided for the raffle as well as the coronation for best-dressed and best couple. We’re so relieved that it all ended well and that people enjoyed the event. We are extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to organize such an esteemed event. We hope everyone that attended the graduation ball had a great evening and we’re really looking forward to what next Year 12s have to offer!
Please click here for more photos of the event
It is not very often that you can say “hey, I went to a really wacky and fun academic competition last weekend”, right? Well that is exactly what 33 students from FIS did in March when they entered the Hong Kong round of the World Scholars Cup (see www.scholarscup.org )
We started our learning journey in January, meeting every week to ask questions on the theme of an imperfect world. We looked at areas such as crime & justice, disease & public health, cheating and what happens when states falter.
We asked such questions as: Are democracies better states than non-states?
1. Debating: i.e Resolve – Hong Kong would survive a Zombie Apocolypse
2. Scholars Challenge – 150 multiple choice questions on the 5 areas of study
3. Essay writing – write a persuasive essay
4. Scholars Bowl – a fun team game on clickers in a multiple choice format with different points for each question (see example opposite)
As you can see everyone did well with medals coming for everyone from the various sections of the challenges.
Here are all the students that took part and their best results:
Senior Section (250 students)
Debasmita Bhattacharya 6th overall, 1st place special challenge area, 3rd place team bowl
Charlotte Williams : 1st place challenge History, 3rd place team bowl
David Vacek : 3rd place team bowl, 7th place team debate
Clement Francony 10th place team debate, 5 Honor medals inc. individual writing
Luca Lit & Charlotte Rushton :Both 10th place team debate
Nazir Ashraf, Bertram Lau & Zara Denham Matthew Scholar, Hadrian Wong & Josef Guillon
Honor Medal Team Bowl
Winner of the Di Vinci award
6th place Di Vinci award
Honor medal in the Di Vinci award
Junior section ( 200 students)
So let’s do even better in 2017 FIS! As you can see, everyone gets one of these creatures too:
That’s right – an ALPACA!!!!
So look for the sign-up sheet when we get back after Christmas 2016 and join in the fun.
Need an extra incentive? If you qualify for the World Finals we will try to organize for teams from FIS to attend…….Bangkok this year……where will it be in June 2017??????
So as Jerry says……….. PWAAAAAH! Mr. Williams