Jiaxing Senior High School BC Offshore Program
Ultimate Frisbee (also called Ultimate) is a non-contact team sport originally played by players with a flying disc. It is extremely popular in North America. There are 14 players including boys and girls in a game, and teams get points in the certain zone through passing a frisbee. The sport combines the features of football, soccer and basketball, so players should master lots of skills to do it. Therefore, the skills of attacking and defending, excellent team spirit, stamina, speed, intelligence and willpower are essential to play Ultimate Frisbee.
Ultimate has traditionally relied upon a spirit of sportsmanship, which places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of the bond of mutual respect between players, adherence to the agreed upon rules of the game, and the basic joy of play.
BCOS Ultimate Frisbee is a new team that was founded only a year ago. This year, we went to Sino to participate in our second Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. Although our team may not have mature skills and harmonious cooperation like other older teams, we still concentrate on our goal and try to improve ourselves.
We have a lot of fun, and after every game, the coaches and leaders from others teams would give useful and educational suggestions. The sport is unique, because it requires athletes to referee themselves on the court. If there are any disputes, we can discuss it with each other. To achieve refereeing, athletes must respect each other and the decisions they make. It is called the spirit of Ultimate Frisbee.
We lost the first game against Luwan’s team, because of the lack of preparation and communication. However, we won the last game and we were proud of ourselves. We really appreciate an awesome team, Sino, who was so great at playing Frisbee. Hopefully, we can become better in the next year.
The school life this year in April was just as rich and colorful as all the days that have passed by. The only difference is that the annual Terry Fox Run activity starts again. Compared to what it looked like last year, this year’s “Pie in Face” activity was way more exciting.
In this year’s Terry Fox Run, we raised a total amount of 17352.47 yuan, of which the Speak-up Team 7 donated 3001 yuan. This group also collected the most amount of “likes” on posts about Terry Fox on social media.
In order to arouse students’ enthusiasm and encourage them to participate in this Terry Fox activity, each teacher prepared some “special treats:”
For example, Ms. Mercer promised to give the two groups who raised the most amount of donations a chance to pie her. Team 7 and Team 12 are the lucky ones who got the chance to pie. Ms. Mutch gave three extra pies at random draw. Also, because Joyce in Grade 10, and Jason in Grade 12 were the ones who had run the most laps during the Terry Fox Run, they also got two chances to pie Mr. B. Our chemistry and biology teacher, Mr. C, agreed to give a free Frisbee class to each grade.
Moreover, every time when a team collected fifty “likes” on the social media, they could get one ticket. Then each group can throw the voucher to the teacher who they want to pie, and later that teacher would draw the number on the day of the activity. The student who is picked out gets the chance to pie their teachers.
After two days of collecting all the data and doing preparations, the “pie in face” was held at half past one one on April 28th, on the playground of Jiaxing Senior High School. Teachers put their black garbage bags and goggles on, and Ms. Block took out her elaborate cream pie and marshmallows that are used for decorating, together with melons and blueberries. The students stood around the teachers and carefully looked at their ticket numbers, hoping that their group would be picked.
With regard to this activity, Emily did a short interview with Joyce, who was given an opportunity to pie Mr. B, and she shared her feeling with us.
Q1: How’s your feeling when you saw your teachers being pied?
A1: I felt quite excited when teachers were pied by students. As a Grade 10 student, this is the first time I participated in this activity. Actually, I was amazed, because teachers were willing to fulfill their promise earnestly. I believe this kind of activity will never happen in the main school, and this is why I feel so lucky to be here. The close relationship between students and teachers can be shown by this activity.
Q2：Can you tell me what is a pie?
A2: The pie was made by our lovely principal, Ms. Block. And it was simply whipped cream. Students who got the chance to pie can choose whatever color or flavor they like, and they can also put some fruits and marshmallows in it.
Q3：How did students pie teachers? What did the teachers look like when they were pied?
A3：Some students pied gently, and they just softly put the pie on teacher’s face. However, some students pied teachers “vigorously”; they “threw” the pie at the teacher’s face! Well, our teachers also defended themselves immediately. Like Ms. Mercer and Mr. C, they also put cream on students’ faces.
Q4: I heard that you got a chance to pie Mr. B. Can you tell me something about that?
A4: Sure! For me, it was totally new. Also, it was a rare opportunity, because I wasn’t chosen during the draw. Luckily, Mr. B offered the student who had run the most laps a chance to pie him. It was a special and unforgettable experience, and I think I pied him really well, because I put all the cream on Mr. B’s face!
The sun shone brightly in April, and the playground resounded with the laughter of teachers and students. At the end of the activity, teachers even started to pie each other! We had a lot of fun that day. BCOS is a place that can bring people happiness. Just like this activity, teachers all get rid of their usual “serious faces” and are willing to play with their students. After the “pie in face” activity, the relationship between students and teachers became more intimate. More importantly, the purpose of hosting this activity was to publicize the charity activity of Terry Fox and to raise the funds and public awareness about cancer research.
On May 7th, at 8AM, the first Entrance Exam of Jiaxing Senior High School BCOS started. I interviewed a few parents when the students were having the exam. Most of them felt sort of nervous, worrying whether their kids would show their true English ability. However, when talking to students, they were not that nervous. They told me that our Entrance Exam is harder than Senior High School Entrance Exams, and they had never met such long reading texts with large amounts of vocabulary and questions after that.
When I asked why they wanted their students to come to our school, the parents answered straightforwardly, “We want more choices and space for our kids to grow up.” Meanwhile, the students can also get an idea of how good their English is through the exams. On the other hand, the students told me that they had planned to study abroad for a long time; and because of the good reputation of the main school, they chose to come to our BCOS. Learning in our Jiaxing Senior High School BCOS, the students can not only study both culture and language, but also stay with their parents and get prepared for independent university life.
Afterwards, students laughed when we talked about the interviews with foreign teachers, which is the most worrisome part for the parents. They said our teachers were so kind that they did not feel any stress during the exams. This reminds me of last year, when I was sitting in the classroom, waiting for a test. I felt nervous and unsure as well. After finishing the paper exams, I started to worry about the interviews. Finally, the kindness and patience of Ms. Block calmed me down and I finished the exams. Last but not least, I want to use a girl’s words to end, “There is nothing to worry about. The only thing I feared was my imagination.”