Month: April 2016

Personal Projects Completed

A tenth grade student sharing her report with a teacher.

Grade 10 students have recently completed their Personal Project, the culminating experience of the Middle Years Programme. The Personal Project gives grade 10 an opportunity to produce a truly personal and often creative product or outcome and to demonstrate a consolidation of their learning in MYP, displaying their ability to inquire meaningfully into a global context.

Xiamen International grade 10 students produced an impressive range of products and outcomes, from running a fitness programme to coding an automated light switch, to producing a folio of portraits and stories about the ‘people of Amoy’, to investigating perpetual motion. The level of challenge students gave themselves was admirable and many strived to produce a professional product that they were very proud to present.

The Personal Project concluded with students writing a report of their process of investigating and designing the product, with many making perceptive comments about their learning in the MYP, and growth in the Learner Profile and Approaches to Learning skills.

“I experienced lots of challenges in this project that can guide me in my future learning. It also has helped me to become an individual with better Self Management skills and Communication skills. Though intangible, these developments and
improvements are significant in that the Personal Project helped me to gain more knowledge, to know myself better, to become a better IB Learner, and to become a better individual.” – Grade 10 student

International Day

Students gather after our International Day Parade.

Students representing Italy.
Students representing Italy.

On Thursday, 31st March we were blessed with sunshine. The weather contributed in part to the great success of our International Day celebration.

Our students proudly sported their country colours and costumes on this special day where we not only recognised the many cultures represented at XIS but also celebrated our “Unity in Diversity”.

Mothers and children from India joining in the celebration.
Mothers and children from India joining in the celebration.

The day started with a parade of nationalities and an assembly. Student reps from each country opened the assembly with a sampling of the colours and languages of our school. Iris Liu (President of the High School student council) then gave a well penned speech outlining what it truly means to be internationally minded. The assembly was followed by the sampling of international food from the smorgasbord of delights prepared by our wonderful parents and teachers.

The day’s events were rounded off on our outdoor stage with international performances.

Families from the Netherlands enjoying the festival.
Families from the Netherlands enjoying the festival.

On behalf of XIS I would like to say a huge thank you to; Madeleine Birkholm and Aster Shurink (the parent organising committee for the event), all parents and teachers who prepared food, banners and contributed their musical talents, our support staff for setting up all the equipment and our teachers and students for their hard work and enthusiasm throughout the day and during the afternoon’s performances.

Angela L Speirs
Elementary Principal