Issue 37
May 2017

School News:
Shanghai Nanmo Private High School BC Offshore Program

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Shanghai Nanyang Model Private High School’s 2017 Drama Performance

Written by: Ophelia Pan

Ophelia Pan

When you think about a drama class, what is the first scene that appears in your mind? Students wearing weird costumes, running around crazily like they did for Halloween? Students making funny expressions in front of a mirror, with a 30-page script in hand? Or skipping dinner time, and practicing again and again until 19:30? I have just experienced all of these situations recently! Why do you ask?

On May 15th, the last drama play of this year, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, brought down the curtain in joy and applause. Unlike plays in the previous years, this time we didn’t separate the drama class into different small plays, instead, the whole class cooperated together to perform a big play.

I think the best time I had during this process was when I was cooperating and collaborating together with the other cast members. I have never experienced doing such a big project, so I felt nervous but excited at the beginning. We rehearsed every lunch time, and when it was the last week before the final performance, we rehearsed after school until 19:30. The Final Play, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory taught me the importance of responsibility in teamwork. For example, if you forgot to memorize your lines or asked for leave very often, the rehearsals would be very difficult. Therefore, I realized that sometimes you may need to stop doing your personal tasks in order to contribute to helping the team be successful.

I really appreciate that our school supports our drama class to have a Final Play every year. This not only gives drama students a feeling of participation and a sense of honor, but also enables other students to get to know about this class. Drama is no longer a “no-brainer” or an “easy class” (it is never like that!) because it requires students to be proficient in expressing their feelings, exercise a sense of responsibility, and be willing to participate. It gives every student a chance to improve his/her confidence. Even those students who are quiet and shy can find their own places in the play, and those jobs may be the keys to a wonderful play.

At last, I want to say “Thank you” to those students and teachers who worked behind the scenes. I’d like to especially thank Ms. Tori Keller, because without you especially, the play would never have been so successful!

Moving On Up

Written by: Roger Gu

Roger Gu

As a newcomer to a program that I had known little about, (our NBC program), I, as most of my peers, was curious while nervous, stepping into the school for the very first class in Grade 10.

The most significant difficulty preventing me from achieving high grades in Grade 10 was the language. My vocabulary stayed at the level of Grade 9 for domestic schools. I could merely understand more than two-thirds of what the teachers were talking about, especially in Planning and Science, where specific vocabulary almost drowned me.

Group work was another obstacle. Cooperation is an excellent way of learning that distinguishes our NBC program with the domestic one. Nevertheless, teamwork with classmates, whose abilities and personalities were both unknown, could hardly be called an enjoyable experience! When times passed by, we got know each other better, while being more acquainted with the program.

Finally, things appeared to be way better in the last two terms of Grade 10. In the Caley mathematics contest, every single student in our grade ranked top 25%, which was the highest praise in the competition!

Comparing to last year, Grade 11 is a year when our talents in studying are revealed. Being second year students, we were allowed to choose 2 elective subjects that we were interested in. The feeling in the course that we had elected was totally different from the one in requiring courses, not only because the elective subjects fit us better, but also because of the liberty of choosing the elective courses themselves.

We were taking experiences from both senior students and ourselves from last year. Thus, a progress in grades could be observed. Term 3 saw a miracle-seven 4.0 GPAs in Grade 11! The results in our IELTS, TOFFEL, SAT, and other standard tests are inspiring, too.

When thinking about next year an Advanced-Placement-Course-is-difficult-and-you-will-never-get-an-A rumor makes me feel really anxious! As university-level courses, AP’s are not supposed to be easy tasks. If I could conquer them, it will be a pleasure and an award. Hopefully, if I keep working hard next year, the university offers should reward me.

With increased study habits and confidence, Grade 11 has proved to be a rewarding year. My hope for next year is that my classmates and I get into the universities that we want, so that our hearts may be even more fulfilled with our NBC program!

Feature Teacher Interview: Mr. Jack Chen

Written by: Alice Wang

Alice Wang

These days, NBC is overwhelmed by the zeal for the hockey competition during lunch time. Every team is fighting vigorously under the lead of our amazing BC teachers. However, do you know who introduced this new sport into our school? Who is contributing his effort behind our laughter and happiness? The answer turns out to be Mr. Chen, our dearest Chemistry teacher.

I think everyone is familiar with him. Besides his Chemistry teaching responsibility, this year, Mr. Chen has a brand-new position in this school: the Athletic Director. He is responsible for arranging all the sports teams and competitions of NBC.

Although it is his first time trying this job, he is handling it well by successfully bringing in lunch time soccer, badminton, and hockey, with the help of the SUID. Undoubtedly, it’s a time-consuming task because Mr. Chen has spent a massive amount of time helping different coaches coordinate with our own school’s logistic department as well as ADs of other schools, through communication and coordination, which makes him feel a little bit taxed and tired.

Nevertheless, he sincerely harbors that his effort is worthwhile, as now the NBC students can have more opportunities to explore extracurricular options and not just let basketball dominate their spare time. In the future, he would like to introduce more intramural sports to NBC, aiming at promoting more close and harmonious relationships between teachers and students by sharing the same interests.

Work hard. Play hard.

I think that is the theme Mr. Chen would like to convey to every student in this school.

Life is not all about studying. His attitude encourages us to be brave to step out from our comfort zone, which will bring us into a brand-new world with new and fresh elements.

It is the relationship with the people around us and the experiences that we have which make us well-rounded people. Now our school is offering us a chance to develop our athletic ability and a chance to get to know more friends.

Let’s cherish these wonderful moments and enjoy every enchanting scene on our way.

Thank you, Mr. Chen, for inspiring us on our journey!