Luwan Senior High School BC Offshore Program
English Olympics is one of the events in the BC program’s repertoire. Students always have a lot of fun in this annual event. The activities included are different every year. Teachers are responsible for the organization of this event and they really try their best to improve this academic contest each year.
This year the events took place on the 6th floor. In a break from the past, the event was no longer restrained to “participants only”. Mr. Berg gathered all the students in the program to watch the game and enjoy the fun this year. It was great to see all the students sitting in one classroom doing everything they can to get some points for their house teams. The four games held this year lasted for two weeks. The singing game turned out to be the most popular one among the students. The highlight of this game was the entertaining atmosphere it could provide, which the simple “Scramble” contest or “Finding Words” of previous years could not provide.
“The game made everyone show the other side that we don’t really have a chance to see”, Tiffany from the red team said. “The teams that didn’t prepare any songs had to face the cruel reality where they had to sing the songs that Mr. Berg prepared for us, which are really bad children songs. Bad as they were, it was hilarious to see them getting into one of the most awkward moments of their lives.” A member of the grey team, Coco Li, laughed “The members from the orange, yellow, gray and pink teams are real warriors because it really took great courage for us to get on the stage and start singing a song that we didn’t even know.” She added that “we ended up getting a score of -20 in this game. Great game though!”
“We had a good time during the English Olympics,” Steven Wu, the main force of team Green, recalls. “It’s nice taking time out from studying to relax with fun activities like these. Not to mention that the Green Vipers actually won all four games!”
Last week, our school celebrated Easter through two relative activities, all organized by the student council.
Easter is a significant Western holiday to remember the third day after Jesus died. Christians regard Easter as a symbol of hope and rebirth.
What we think about Easter is mostly related to bunnies and eggs. Since bunnies are too hard to get at school, eggs turned out to be the main “character” of our Easter Celebration.
The first activity was carried out on Thursday, April 13. For the whole day, students were searching for eggs with students’ names on them to gain points for their teams. Everyone was trying their best to search as carefully as they could. The first team that finished collecting all of their team’s eggs was the winner.
Two students from the student council—Joanna and Benjamin arranged the “secret hiding points” of the eggs before the “race” began. “When I was hiding the eggs, I wished it could be challenging. The more difficult it was to find the eggs, the more successful I was at my job,” said Joanna (Grade 11). However, the the grey team was the winner of this race and even finished searching the eggs before the third class. Joanna told me, “I was so surprised that grey got all of their eggs in such a short time, they really did a great job!” Hopefully, everyone had a good time in this event.
Another Easter activity was throwing water balls. Since eggs were unsuitable to be used as tools at school, they were replaced with water balls. We played the game on the playground during our lunch break on Friday, April 14. Michelle (Grade 12) from the student council created and organized the game. She told me, “My purpose for this activity was simply for everybody to have fun. Although there was competition between teams, we enjoyed ourselves.” Meanwhile, she hoped this year’s Easter could be impressive for grade 12 students, “I eagerly hope that grade 12 students could leave pleasant memories for their last high school Easter celebration” (Michelle, Grade 12).
To summarize, this year’s Easter celebration was a success due to the attentive planning and implementation by the student council. Everyone had great moments and hold precious memories of the Easter celebration!
Kraken, a new ultimate frisbee team formed this year, attended the 2017 BCOS tournament.
The first game was with Jiaxing. “We were very nervous,” said George, the main handler of our team. “Our first game was with a team we totally don’t know. At the beginning we were all flustered. After we won the first point, I could feel the confidence coming back.” The game ended at 6 - 2. Everyone was yelling and shouting. A smile was on everyone’s face.
There was a one hour break between the two games. The next opponent was Sino, the Champion three years in a row. Although we knew there wasn’t a high chance of us winning this game, we still kept calm and full of ambition. “They are more experienced than us, since we are a new team this year, we can overcome them the next year,” said a grade 10 student. “The future will be drawn by us. Everyone wants to bring honor to the team.”
The most exciting game was with Maple Leaf Shanghai. The game ended at the last minute, right as we were about to score. “It was a tough game. There was a point that took almost 20 minutes and the whole game was only 50 minutes. We should improve our control of time,” said Steven, the captain of the Kraken. “What’s more, there were too many fouls in that game. Both of the teams should study the rules more carefully.” Although we lost to them by one point, we identified our problems and are looking forward to having another game with them again.
In the last game with Sino, our grade 10 students brought back the victory. They tried so hard to catch the disk and the result showed that they have the ability to handle the entire game. In the end, we were 5th place out of 8 schools. Mr. Chang, the coach of the team, gave everyone sincere praise. “I am so glad to see students using the tactics we learnt in scrimmages. Our vertical stack is the top 3 in the high schools.” In the games, besides gaining a sense of playing in competitions, we did a great job controlling the offense, but made so many simple mistakes like not catching or throwing the disk. We must be more stable and practice the basic skills, like reading the disk.