Month: May 2017

2017-2018 School Calendar Confirmed 2017-2018学年校历最终稿

The XIS 2017-2018 School Calendar has been confirmed by the board. To see the calendar, you can click on the link below, or go to the top menu bar on this page and hover over calendar.

厦门国际学校2017-2018学年校历已经董事会通过。请点击下方链接,或浏览本页上方的菜单,点击菜单栏处的日历即可查看。

2017-2018 XIS Calendar

 

 

XIS House Global Awareness Day

The XIS secondary school recently completed its 4th annual Global Awareness Day celebration, this year’s focus, “Happiness”. The day is the culmination of four, unique, all day Secondary House events that the school puts on each year. Through the House System, which is made up of four unique groups, Red Roosters, Yellow Tigers, Green Monkeys and Blue Dragons, students are able to experience a wide range of activities that they might not normally get to see in an everyday classroom environment. This year’s theme for the Global Awareness day celebration diverged from past themes such as pollution, gender stereotypes in order to enable students to take on different perspectives.

The planning for GAD started about eight weeks ago as a collaboration between eight student delegates and four teachers, ‘House Heads.’ After much deliberation a consensus was met and students were organized into four different events. These events centered around the concept of, “What makes us happy?” During the weeks leading up to the actual day the students went about a guided inquiry into the topic of Happiness. Activities included making a personal happiness list, watching the movie “Happy,” directed by Roko Belic, and participating in a cultural art project which was led by the student house captains.

The GAD first event titled, ‘Wall Painting,’ took on the challenge of prepping, designing and painting the entire south stairwell from the ground floor up the Gymnasium on the 3rd floor. The event had over 50 student participants and was one of the most physically intense activities of the day. The end product was a beautiful mural that will promote the idea if happiness at XIS for years to come.

The second event titled, ‘Humans of Xiamen,’ took the students on a walking excursion of the Xinglin neighborhood. The idea was to allow students, in small groups, to interact with various members of the community and to take pictures of their journey. During this activity the students interviewed locals that they came in contact with about what makes them happy. As a culmination each group created a large poster that will now be displayed at the secondary school entrance.

A third event titled, “Video Biography of a Stranger,” partnered like minded students together in an attempt to have them tell the life story of a person that they might normally not interact with. These students spent time learning the concept of video storytelling and the fine art of interviews. As a culminating product students created a video that they can take with them as a snap shot of their current life.

The last event was a continuation of the cultural art projects that students started on the the previous week as part of the preparatory work. Various groups included those representing South Korea, The United States, China and Norway. These groups created paintings, totem poles and one group even made colored smoke bombs in attempt to recreate a fourth of July, tradition in the United States.

For many students there was also an opportunity to take part in a Yoga/Mindfulness session in the afternoon. This session was led by our very own secondary Counsellor Patrick Daly. The session was challenging and relaxing for all those involved.

Overall, the Global Awareness Day was a total success as was the expansion of student understanding in terms of happiness from a personal, community and global perspective. Many students came to the conclusion that XIS is a very happy community that they love to be a part of.

XIS中学部最近完成了第四届全球意识日(GAD)的庆祝活动,今年的重点是“幸福”。这一天是学校每年四次,独一无二的整日House活动的顶峰。通过由四个独特团体,红鸡,黄虎,绿猴和蓝龙组成的House系统,学生们可以体验到他们通常不会在日常教室环境中看到的各种各样的活动。为了使学生能够接受不同角度的观点,今年全球意识日庆祝活动的主题与过去的主题(如污染,性别定型观念)不同。

GAD的计划大概在八个星期前开始,由八位学生代表和四位老师“House Heads”组成,经过多次审议,达成共识,并将学生组织成四个不同的活动。这些活动围绕着“什么让我们开心?”的概念为中心。在庆祝日到来前的日子里,学生们进行了关于幸福主题的指导性探究。活动包括制作个人幸福名单,观看Roko Belic导演的电影“幸福”,并参加由学生House领导的文化艺术项目。

GAD第一场是主题为“墙壁画”的活动,从一楼到三楼体育馆的南面楼梯,学生们接受从准备,设计到绘画的挑战。该活动有超过50名学生参与,是当天最辛苦的活动之一。最终的产品是一幅美丽的壁画,将促进XIS在未来几年的幸福。

第二场是主题为“厦门人”的活动,学生们在杏林附近散步。这个想法是让小组中的学生与社区的各种成员进行互动,并拍摄他们的旅程。在这次活动中,学生们采访了当地人,他们了解到什么让他们开心。作为一个高潮,每个小组创建了一张大型海报,将在中学部入口处展出。

第三场主题为“陌生人视频传记”的活动是一群志同道合的学生们共同合作,试图让他们讲述一个人通常不会遇到的人生故事。这些学生花时间学习视频讲故事的概念和采访的艺术。作为一个高潮的产品,学生制作了一个视频,他们可以把它们当作他们当前生活的快照。

最后一项活动是继续上周作为准备工作的一部分学生开始的文化艺术项目。包括代表韩国,美国,中国和挪威的团体。这些团体创造了绘画,图腾柱,其中一个团体甚至制作了彩色的烟雾弹,为了重现七月四日,美国的传统。

许多学生还有机会在下午参加瑜伽/正念会议。本次会议由我校中学部心理辅导员Patrick Daly领导。这次会议对所有参与者来说都是挑战和放松的。

总体而言,从个人,社区和全球的角度扩大学生对于幸福感的理解,全球意识日取得了全面的成功。许多人得出结论,XIS是一个非常快乐的社区,他们喜欢成为其中的一部分。