This Week In HZ
- Full Speed Beyond! + Exchange with Local Partner Schools (15 June 2021)
- Exploring Shanghai and Going Beyond (11 June 2021)
This Friday afternoon, students in Hong Kong took the lead in holding their Beyond exhibition. The projects included an electric go kart built by 6 of our students, which earned Mr. Lynch’s approval, Health drinks, Western-style baking - complete with a Beyond cake specially crafted for Hangzhou 8, songs, performances, and even some exquisite earrings. Students shared their ungraded passion projects with their peers, teachers, and parents for an unforgettable evening.
Meanwhile, the academic building on our Hangzhou campus has been busy with the buzz of Beyond, as students continued to polish and perfect their projects through the weekend, and each also decorated their Beyond display wall.
Some students went to the fabric market to buy cloth in order to sew their original creations, while others painted flowers on the terrace outside our school canteen. We also had students who wrote original musical compositions, learned new instruments, or set up their own band and made a music video inspired by their Beyond travels off-campus.
Inspired by the experience of picking peaches during their Beyond journey off-campus, the food team produced “A Taste of Beyond”--a pop up food tent on our canteen terrace featuring incredible snacks and drinks of both Chinese and Western styles, such as Shoutao steamed bun, peach icing cookies, and peach iced tea. Partnering with other students in the group, who learned about the lives of the migrant restaurant workers. Proceeds from the pop up project have gone to support helpers in Hong Kong. Alongside the food tent, another student planted the seed for an organic farm outside our school canteen by making a complete guide to organic farming. With all of these combined efforts, our canteen terrace is becoming a lively place for events and fun!
Athletics/Community Service Group
Students in this group developed their own projects centering on sports and community related themes. Some of the students increased their running endurance while practicing sports nutrition by cooking their own meals; others created lessons for local schools; and one big group spent the week preparing for a very successful charity football tournament in partnership with China Grassroots Football.
The students in the engineering group took their learning from Nanjing and formally entered the manufacturing stage this week. At present, go karts, airplanes, and even a school skeeball machine have taken shape. Every screw and every board contains the sweat of the students as they try to finish their creations.
Film and Television Group
The film and television group used their experience and inspiration on set in Hengdian to complete video editing and creation. Our community enjoyed seeing their final cuts, ranging from reality TV to documentary, advertisements, and vlogs.
Amidst all of this, on Friday we also welcomed teachers and students from sister schools, Moganshan Central School and Greentown Yuhua school. In the morning, HZ8 students enthusiastically led the teachers and students from Moganshan Central School on a tour of campus, followed by interacting with them in small film classes and ending with a wonderful talent show for the teachers and students of the two schools.
In the evening, Hangzhou 8 students and members of Greentown Yuhua school’s Environmental Protection Society gathered for the student-organized Hangzhou CIS Sustainability Fair, featuring a vegetarian menu provided by our canteen staff, and including activities and games on the theme of sustainability. Proceeds from games and activities went to support the Coalition for Rainforest Nations.
Activities like these help to fulfill our school’s mission statement by merging the East and West, promoting students learning from each other, and forming an open and inclusive cross-cultural campus atmosphere.
Finally, this Saturday evening, we all enjoyed a masquerade ball, planned by one of our HZ8 students as her Beyond project. Students and teachers dressed to the nines, donned their masks, took photos in the photo booth, danced, ate, and enjoyed performances by our students. The atmosphere was relaxed and pleasant--the perfect way to spend our last Saturday together in Hangzhou.
As our HZ 8 academic year draws to a close, we give our students a final opportunity to participate in various cultural experiences and practical activities.
Last Sunday, Hangzhou 8 traveled to Shanghai for a two-day "Wonder in Shanghai" cultural experience. The students first went to the Shanghai Museum and Yuyuan Garden in their dorm groups, to experience the historical and cultural imprints of these different locations. We then all met for a stroll along East Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street to experience the modern side of Shanghai. In the evening, we boarded a cruise ship to view the Bund and the Huangpu River. Students now cherish the memories of the summer evening breeze, the bright lights along the river, and chats and laughter among friends. The next day, the students went to Shanghai Disneyland for a day of amusement and exhilaration, ending with the incredible light show and fireworks at the iconic castle. What a fantastic two-day excursion for our Y10 students!
Visiting Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum
Walking along East Nanjing Road and the Bund
Shanghai Disneyland Adventure
On Tuesday, the highlight of the Hangzhou CIS programme - Beyond, officially began. The students traveled in their Beyond groups to Nanjing, Suzhou, Hengdian, Yiwu, Lin'an based on their project themes. They spent five days collecting inspiration and conducting experiential learning activities. Through Beyond, students have the opportunity to turn their creativity and inspiration into action and let their dreams shine into reality.
After the week off campus, students will return to HZCIS to further polish and improve their projects for the second week of Beyond. We are all looking forward to the final student achievement exhibition!