Luwan Senior High School BC Offshore Program
It’s 12:20 p.m., break time after lunch. Some students are nervously playing on their cellphones in the classrooms. It seems something scary is coming soon. A man suddenly comes in with the huge sound of the door opening. “Ah, you are reading Chinese! Give me your cellphone and come take it after 1:40 in my office,” the man says. The student looks up in a panic and then hands in the cellphone.
In Luwan Senior High School, every student can only read English during the time of BC courses. Our principal, Mr. Berg, has also mentioned many times in class that students should read more English every day. It’s very important. However, how many students really notice the importance of reading English? “If I listened to Mr. Berg’s advice and read more English when I was in grade 10, I believe English 12 would be easier for me,” said Shining in grade 12.
If Chit Chat is the way to help students improve their oral English, then reading is a method to improve their writing. During the process of learning English, everyone may experience difficulties memorizing vocabulary. Although students successfully memorize thousands of words, they don’t know how to use them properly. Reading is the solution to this problem. When students are reading English, some of the vocabulary that they memorized before may appear in sentences. If they think carefully about the connection between the word and the sentence, the way to use the word will be found. Furthermore, English articles written by native speakers can also help students improve their poor grammar. Grammar mistakes often cause students to get very low marks. However, if students always read English, which is written in correct grammar, the correct grammatical structure will leave an impression in their minds. Therefore, if students read more, more correct grammatical connections will be accumulated.
The English 12 provincial exam is very hard. Every student in the BC program must take the exam before they graduate. For most students, their mark on the exam is very important because it can decide whether they can go to their dream universities. “Students who read more tend to have higher marks than others,” said Mr. Berg who has taught English 12 at Luwan for three years. So why don’t we stop playing on our cellphones and start reading more English every day?
Ultimate Frisbee is not a sports game that Chinese people are familiar with. However, Ultimate Frisbee is popular among young Canadian students. As a Canadian offshore school, Luwan BC established a Frisbee club and a Frisbee team called “Kraken” in order to let students experience a more Canadian school life.
What is ultimate frisbee?
Ultimate Frisbee is a sport played by seven players on each team with a flying disc. During the game, players are not allowed to have physical contact. Without a referee, the crux of this game is maintaining a positive, fair spirit. Players try to pass the disc back and forth to teammates. They also cannot move their feet when holding the Frisbee. Points are scored when a teammate catches a throw in the opposing end zone.
We call ourselves “Krakens”
In the dictionary, “Kraken” is a sea monster who has eight tentacles. We call ourselves “Kraken” in order to have the same powerful hands as the Kraken, which can help us to catch more discs in the game. Frisbee Club is scheduled to be held every lunch break and after school. The purpose of everyday practice is mainly to allow students to exercise and get some fresh air after lunch and school, which is good for their health and studies.
Our passion motivated us to make great achievements and develop a more close partnership in the Shanghai Youth Open and BCOS tournaments last year. It’s all thanks to Mr. Chang’s hard work, organizing and coaching this club. He’s a professional trainer who teaches Krakens many useful skills and strategies. “Krakens do enjoy all Frisbee games and Krakens never give up,” he said. This year, all grade 12 students said to our freshmen, “We welcome everyone to come to the club and make friends with each other”. It’s great to have a lot of grade 10 students join the Frisbee club. A student in grade 10 said, “It’s a mix of all of the greatest sports. When I play Frisbee, I am cutting like a soccer player and running like a runner”. Ultimate Frisbee is unique and unlike any other sport, but has connections with other sports. A girl from grade 10 said, “It’s great that girls can be on the same team with boys. There is no gender bias in this game. Girls can also practice the skill and get fit in the club”.
We have our captains, George Li and Sharon Liao, who lead this club to have a high-leveled Frisbee team. This year, we joined a league in Shanghai with schools, like Nanmo, Sino, and Xiehe. We have already battled them and sharpened our skills against these schools. This is our Frisbee club and the team “Kraken”. We are Krakens and we are proud of ourselves.
On the sixth floor in Luwan Senior High School’s BC Program, there is a wall filled with a lot of student names. They’re written with great respect on many pieces of pink paper. This is the honour roll.
What is an Honour Roll?
Honour rolls are a part of many countries’ education system. At our school it also includes a “Principal’s List”. These concepts can be defined as “a roster of names of persons deserving honour; especially a list of students achieving academic distinction.”1 The first known use of this phrase was in 1863 to praise students and encourage them to keep working hard. At our school, the students with a GPA higher than 3.0 earn a place on the honour roll, and the students with a GPA higher than 3.7 get a spot on the principal’s list.
The History of the Honour Roll in LWBC
According to the data that teachers gave me, our school began in 2012. The percentage of students on the honour roll and principal’s list through the years is as below.
In the first year we started our school, the percentage at that time looks unfavourable. The principal was not satisfied, so the school community did some self-examination and made improvements. “As one sows, so shall he reap”. The efforts really paid off in the next year. The 0% for principal list increased to 4% and the 28% for honour roll jumped to 44% . Every year from then on, the overall percentage has increased a little bit. During the current academic year, 73% of students are on the honour role and 19% on the principal’s list. Although we have a lower percentage of students on the principal’s list this year, it is important to clarify that we have less grade 12 students this year and they are always the group most represented on the principal’s list. To clarify the data even more, 92% of our students are currently either on the honour roll or principal’s list. It’s the pleasure of all the students; it’s the treasure of the school, too.
What’s the Secret of the high marks in LWBC?
There is a saying: “Industry is the parent of success.” For sure, we cannot do well without continuing to learn and work hard. But only having a good attitude is not always enough. Teaching methods are essential when someone is educating the youth. As one of the students studying in LWBC, I believe the deepest two secrets are encouragement and teaching students in accordance with their aptitudes. LWBC uses a small-class system for teaching. This system makes sure everyone is heard. I am one of the beneficiaries and a good example of this student-focused education system.
When I first came to this school, I was not happy. But the teachers observed me carefully and found my personal strength, art. They talked to me a lot and offered me plenty of chances to learn such as inviting some friends who are art professors to our school to give us many unforgettable speeches about art techniques or some requirements for applying to art university. Meanwhile, they allowed me to work on my art portfolio as part of my school work! I improved my own skills because of it. Now I have received an offer to my dream university of Art and Design and I appreciate all that they have taught me.
LWBC is a good choice for all kinds of students because everyone will be respected here. As a student of LWBC, I am proud of it.