Tagged: Trimester 3

Education Around The World

Looking at a photo gallery on The Guardian, I’ve been amazed. I couldn’t imagine that people who lived off of 2$ still had access to education! That really emphasizes how important education is globally! I am extremely happy that people recognize that having the right to education is an amazing thing.

I was also extremely happy to see that the amount of people who go to school. Even in rural villages, there were A LOT of students in classrooms. Although some were 1 classroom schools, I still think that the amount of people who went to school was shocking. I cannot believe that just 50-100 years ago, schools had very few people, even in the United States!

I also saw some shocking things that brought some grief to me. For example, the difference between schools in rural villages and schools in cities. Clearly shown by the Nigerian and Russian pictures, the difference between the schools is fascinating. It is also shocking that people in Russia wear Prada and other very expensive brands of clothing in school (Seriously! I wear nice clothing but never to school!), it seems like they have lost all of their youth and are already in the stages of their lives where they work so hard that they can’t sleep at night! Another sad thing I saw was the amount of people living under 2$, I knew people lived that way, but I could not even imagine so many were living that way! It really gives me an appreciation for my life.

Anyways, I really recommend that you see the gallery!

Changes In Schooling Since 1900

Today, I will take a closer look at the changes that have impacted schooling since 1900. I will mainly be focusing on the incredible changes in China’s schools. China is a country that is changing rapidly, not just in education, but also in developments and other places. Let’s travel to China in 1900!

1900s – The Chinese Qing Empire has fallen, and the citizens of China are without a common leader. Chaos erupts, and schools start closing down. The boys who went to school stay at home, and as families scatter, children are lost and families split up.

1910s – Almost nothing has changed. The Chinese people are still confused and many are homeless. Schools have started to reopen, and boys are leaving homes to go to school. But hope has gone down, since the emperor has escaped to Japan.

1920s – The individual farmers are regaining land, and landowners are starting to become governors of certain areas and adding unfair taxes to the people. Boys have to stay home and work to earn enough money for taxes. So schools become smaller, and some close down.

1930s – Two communist parties are formed, and they fight each other to gain power. Boys have to go to become soldiers, and families again scatter to escape the war.

1940s – The Second World War has erupted, and Japan has launched an attack against China, and the two parties are forced to work together to defeat the Japanese. All boys and men are taken to be soldiers, and schools completely shut down. The Japanese Imperial Army wins many battles, and takes over China’s main food sources, and people who live there are tortured and killed.

1950s – The Japanese Imperial Army is defeated, and the Gongchan party defeats the Guomin party. China is officially renamed the People’s Republic Of China, and the Guomin establish the Republic Of China in Taiwan. China closes it’s doors to other countries, and people live in hunger due to food shortages. Schools slowly reopen, but when the landowners are overthrown, large amounts of schools open, and even the girls are allowed to go to school.

1970s – China reopens it’s doors, and foreigners slowly start to enter the country. The Chinese government’s communist ways are not efficient, and the country faces a gigantic economic crisis.

1980s – China opens more and more schools, and as communism stops, the people work harder to earn money and feed their children. There are more and more students in schools and the government allows education from other places.

2000s – Hong Kong and Macau have been regained, and the government becomes open, and although the news and media are censored, information starts to become free. Schools still use harsh punishments, but schools become better.

Anyways, schools are becoming better in China. And do some research of your own to find out more!

Lantau Trip 2014


A Slideshow Showing All Of Our Great Memories

For the last 2 days, I’ve been on Lantau Island with the rest of the 5th Grade. We went to Lantau Island to disconnect with the city, and learn more about the environment, and the issues that the environment is facing. We stayed at the YWCA Sydney Leung Holiday Lodge and went to Mui O and Pui O. Our guides were from a company called Ark Eden, which is a charity dedicated to preserving the nature, but also offer tour trips in Lantau. I was part of Group B, which didn’t have my best friend in it. I was slightly disappointed at first, but I forgot about it after the first few minutes! I did a LOT of stuff and I want to share some of the great memories with you!

Leaving SIS
Leaving SIS

Pui O
After going through customs, we (Group B) went straight to Pui O. Pui O is an amazing place, and is inhabited by… WATER BUFFALOS! They were everywhere! Originally, the buffalos were imported from Vietnam for farmers to use to grow rice. But when the farming stopped in the 1970s, the buffalos were set free and now roam around Pui O. They are fed by the locals, but they also find food for themselves. One group of buffalos has Billy the cow, who was saved years ago from dogs by locals, and thinks he is a water buffalo. I got to pet Billy, which was really quite fun.

Billy The Cow
Billy The Cow

Our guides for the day, Tom, Sue and Dina split us into groups when we got to a saltwater marsh. With Tom, we learned about the berm, which is a group of plants that hold the soil together near the beach, and start the freshwater marsh. The berm was very interesting, with strong roots and defense systems in each plants that held the soil together, and didn’t let the tides destroy the marsh. Dina taught us all about Water Buffalos, and with her, we learned about how they group and about their different habits. Dina knew a lot about the buffalos, and what she said was really interesting. Finally, we looked at birds with Sue, and observed them to see what kinds they were.

Visiting The Berm
Visiting The Berm

We then went to the beach, and we had a BLAST! We changed into our swimming gear and ran straight into the big ocean. It was fantastic! We had a water gun war, boys versus girls, and we won! But the girls falsely claimed that we “quit” and that they won! How crazy is that!?

The Beach
The Beach

We then went to the saltwater marsh to look at fiddler crabs and fish for other marsh animals. When we got there, something WILD happened! Two buffalos ran into each other and started fighting either for territory or for females. They crashed and we had to slowly walk away, but they ended the fight shortly afterwards. Dina and Sue then took us into a Mangrove forest, and we saw a few fiddler crabs. The males had 1 gigantic claw! We then fished for tiny sea animals with Tom, but we let them go because we were observers. I saw a lot of tiny animals and netted a few too! When we had to go, Tom suddenly licked a piece of poo after someone dared him to do so, which set everyone on a wild frenzy!

Finally, we walked past a river to a mountainside area. Where we again split up. Dina told us about various issues the buffalos and cattle of Lantau were facing. One of them was that people were crashing into them and blaming them for the car accident, which led to the government taking a group of cattle to Sai Kok and a group from Sai Kok to Lantau. The cattle are now in critical danger. Tom and Sue took us up a quite steep path to a little abandoned rice plot, and we learned about 3 kinds of native trees. They were very cool.

Afterwards, we packed up and went back to the YWCA camp!

The YWCA
The YWCA Sidney Leung Holiday Lodge was an amazing place to spend a night. Although we had to make our own beds, it was a really cool place. We all sat down on a row of steps to hear who was in our dorm, and it felt slightly like a game show because whoever got the key was “the lucky winner!” I got put in a room with Jackie, Bryan, Brook, Boey, Long, Alex and Hoon. After making our beds (we’d find out we did it awfully wrong), we put together a shower schedule and after that, everyone went to play British Bulldogs, which is an awesome game.

We had dinner in the dining hall, and although food was quite good, there was not quite enough. We had to share average sized plates of food, but it was just a fun time to chat and relax. I learned that I was going to “die” the next day, and meet CHARLIE THE POOPING GIRAFFE! And afterwards, we watched A Bug’s Life. It was a good movie and all was great… Until what I call DOOM!

Eww Boey!
Boey Trying To Touch Jackie After Licking His Hand

We went back to our dormitories and we all found a way to chat through the balconies. Some people even climbed out to get into other people’s rooms! But we slowly got tired and Mrs. Huiet had to come over and teach us how to make a bed! I read with a flashlight for a while afterwards but I got bored soon, so I stopped, and the first cry came… Alex was slightly sobbing because he missed his mom, but he stopped quite soon, until someone bursted out crying like a pig’s cry! I tried to find out what happened, but I was too tired to really care.

“Wake up… Wake up Felix! Brook is singing We Are The Champions!” Is the first thing I heard that morning. Alex woke me up but Brook’s loud singing woke up everyone in the dorm room and everyone else in every other dorm room! We had 3 people walk in and shout at him before 6:00! I thought about taking a shower, but I decided against it to count how many more people would come in!

In the morning, we cleaned up our rooms, and I did someone’s bed for them! People were “tired”, and didn’t want to do anything! I chatted with Devon and other people through the balconies, and learned that we had allegedly talked about “gay stuff”. And people were listening to us through the wall. I found that it was strange that they couldn’t name ANYTHING we talked about other than “gay stuff” and said that they didn’t know who said what. Just strange… I turned around and saw Jackie, and he tried to get me away by sticking out his tongue at me, and I pouted to make him go away, just for Brook to try to push us together! We ALMOST KISSED!

Afterwards was breakfast, and it was quite fun, except people were all obsessed with the toast and everyone finished up ALL of the two loaves on each table! I made a ham sandwich and I liked the tasty butter! I really loved the YWCA, but going to Mui O afterwards was even better!

Mui O
The next day, we packed everything up and went to the beautiful seaside town of Mui O. We got new guides, Jasmine and Kristen. They took us to a horribly polluted beach filled with trash from the great pacific trash patch. We wrote down the things we picked up for the ICC, or International Coastal Cleanup. We put our trash into one giant recyclable trash bag, and I got to be the person who recorded what we got.

Beach Cleanup
The Beach Cleanup

We then took a long, long hike up to Eden Rock, where Ark Eden is based. Did you know that poisonous caterpillars were extremely distracting when you’re trying to listen to someone about a gigantic hill you are about to climb? Well, I found out that very day. At Eden Rock, we met Ark Eden’s 8 dogs. I only remember Lucky, Spicy, Smokey, Belle and Radar. The other group got to walk them, but we didn’t. Now, to the interesting part! Jasmine told us to gather and she explained how we would go up the mountain to plant trees. At that exact time, poisonous caterpillars decided to start swinging from trees, and it really distracted our conversation!

“Ok… I’m going to die now.” was what I first thought about when I saw the dirt path leading up to the slope we were going to climb! It was so steep! I walked, or stumbled up steep paths, held ropes to climb up rocks, and even jumped across someone’s grave! The part with the rope was extremely hard, especially when we were stumbling down! The roads at the end were the worst! You had to run down because it was so steep and there was rain and mud EVERYWHERE! When we got to the top, Jasmine showed us how to plant a tree from saplings using Aaron’s sapling. We had to take the plastic sheet off, pour fertiliser into the soil, put the tree in, and then add mulch, which is just dead weeds. The views were spectacular though! I found that this was actually quite fun, but I didn’t think so when I was half falling down from the mountain when trying to go down! I had to get help from Aditi! But when I finally got down, I realised that I had actually done it, and I was so, so proud!

Planting Trees
Planting Trees

We then walked back to Eden Rock to learn about the Eco house, and go composting. We split up into 2 groups, and 1 went with Jackie, an old lady who works at Ark Eden, and the other went with Jasmine and Kristen who taught us how to compost. I went with Jasmine and Kristen first, and we went to see Charlie The Pooping Giraffe, who was actually a severely limped pig. He was limped because when he was a pet, he was taken up the mountain every day, which pigs aren’t supposed to do. We then learned how to compost, and it is surprisingly easy! All you have to do is get leaves, weed and some buffalo poop (which can be replaced). You pile them up into a container, and then you’ve got yourself a compost bin! With Jackie, we went to see the Eco house, which is a house made with recycled materials, and uses as eco-friendly products as possible. There, we found different labels about 5 main points that they used to determine what to do with the Eco House: Energy, Food and Water, Waste, Eco Products and Greening. The house had a lot of interesting things, and we were introduced to Soap Berries, which are berries that when rubbed with water, produce a soap like substance. We then had a little chunk of a sweet organic desert, and left for home! We really had a great time in Lantau, and we demonstrated all of the ESLRs, by really acting mature and appropriately.

Learning How To Compost
Learning How To Compost

The Eco House
The Eco House

Leprechaun’s Interview

Today, a friend of mine that hides a pot of gold interviewed me and we talked about SIS, or Shekou International School, where I go to school! I hope you like the video that he created! And I hope you learn some more about me in the video! Please feel free to give leprechaun some feedback! But don’t ask for any gold!*
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*A leprechaun was the first thing I thought about when doing the interview. This is not meant to be an insult to Irish people or Irish folklore. Also, please excuse my horrible accent.

Questions For My Class

Today, I asked my class (including my teacher) a series of questions related to their school day for the Edublogs Student Challenge. I enjoyed asking them these questions and made graphs afterwards. I created two pie graphs and two bar graphs using pages (even though numbers would be better for this) and I hope you like them. Please tell me what you liked or disliked about the graphs below! Here are the four graphs that I created!

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Well, I hope you liked the graphs, and I have some questions for you!
1) The four questions I asked my class
2) Do you enjoy school?
3) What grade are you in? (Don’t state anything else for security reasons)

Celebrity Leaders

Being famous and being a leader are different. Some people confuse the fact that leaders can be famous with the opinion that all celebrities are leaders, which is not true. Here are some celebrities that ARE leaders!

1. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey was the first name that popped up in my head when I thought of celebrity leaders. She is empathetic, caring and can communicate well with diverse people. Oprah also is a leader because she was the first African-American TV personality, and the world’s only black billionaire. I use this as evidence for her being a leader because she broke a status quo, and by doing so, inspired countless people.

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2. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is a very well known actress, but she is also known as a humanitarian. Her actions to help children in Africa have made her a leader. She risks her own health to help poor children, and even adopted African children! Because of her actions, children in Africa have gotten more support and help from the general public, so that at makes her a leader.

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3. Princess Diana
I know she is technically not a celebrity, but she really deserves to be on this list. Princess Diana is a major humanitarian, and did a great amount of work during her short life. She supported charities, visited starving children, and talked against a number of things, including AIDS/HIV, land mines and domestic abuse. Although her official title was Princess Diana, she didn’t enjoy it, and thought that she wasn’t a princess. She is truly one of the most respected people on earth.

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Albert Einstein
Although he was a major leader in the fields of science, Albert Einstein openly spoke out against Hitler and had multiple bounties on his head. He also inspired huge amounts of scientist and famous individuals. Albert Einstein had to escape to the USA to stay alive, and he tried to help some other Jews around the world by staying optimistic even in times of extreme danger. Albert Einstein truly is a leader in many, many ways.

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U2 (Bono)
U2, a band adored by people all over the world due to their wonderful songs, are leaders. They write songs that inspire people to do things and help people for freedom and democracy. Their lead singer Bono writes songs about world leaders that fought for their countries. Their music promotes ways of peace and usually does so wonderfully with amazing songs that paint a picture in your mind. Bono and the rest of the band are really leaders of the music industry.

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Leadership In The Family

Leadership can truly be shown everywhere. Today, we will take a closer look at leaders within your own family! Every family has leaders, whether it’s your mom, dad, brother, sister or maybe even you! Let me start with the adults in the family!

Your parents are your first siblings and your biggest role models. They usually show very good leadership and work hard to support your family. Leadership shown by parents are often fueled by love for their children. Parents keep the family together, and (I hope) are in charge of your family. For example, if your father is a stay at home dad, they take care of you, and make sure that you are safe and happy. While your mother, who probably works in this case, makes sure you can go what you need to survive and thrive! Your parents (Again, this is an I hope situation) probably are very good leaders, and you can learn a lot from them!

To the younger leaders of the family. As explained in my last post, older siblings usually take care of you when your parents aren’t around, and although you might argue, you become great friends! You might be the oldest sibling, and you might know how it feels to show leadership in the family. But younger siblings show leadership too! Sometimes an older sibling might be really scared of something, and a younger sibling might take charge and show leadership!

Leadership is truly a very interesting thing. And I have some questions for you!
1) Have you ever shown leadership in your family?
2) How does it feel like to show leadership?
I hope these questions get a good conversation started!

New Theme

Hi everyone! I just wanted to tell you guys that because of issues with the magazino theme not showing some of my posts, I’ve changed my theme. I really like my new one and I hop you guys do too! If you don’t feel free to tell me in the comments.
-Felix

Leadership Outside Of School

Leadership is not only shown in school, it is a big part of our daily lives as well! Clubs, organizations, working as a team for homework and even playing a game! Leadership can be shown everywhere! Even in the most unexpected places leadership can be shown. Let’s start with leadership in clubs, teams or games.

Clubs, teams and games usually have team leaders or some other kind of leadership role. These people are in charge of keeping the team together, choosing players and other things. These people usually have to have a strong work ethic, and are the “best” in the group. They are asked to resolve issues and are looked up upon by many of the members of the club/team.

Let’s move onto more family related leadership roles. Siblings usually can be leaders, by teaching younger siblings how to do things, being in charge when parents aren’t home, and being a role model to younger siblings. These roles aren’t chosen, but sort of an instinct that older siblings have.

Leadership really can be shown anywhere, and leadership is very important. So take on some of these roles!

Crisis At The Movies (Leadership Story)

As Drew walked into the movie theater, he felt a strange feeling that he couldn’t shake. It was there when he bought his ticket, it was there when he got his popcorn, and it stayed there until he sat down in his seat. Nothing bad had happened, so he didn’t really think about it. But something did happen.

30 minutes into the movie, it got really hot, the room started to heat up really quickly. And he knew that something was up, and within seconds he saw the flames entering the theater. The lobby was on fire! The carpets were flaming, and nobody could move, nobody except Drew. He shouted “Everyone! Follow me! We have to escape!” Nobody did. “Seriously! We have to go!” Some people ran to the exit, but he didn’t. “Everyone! Parents! You have to take your children out of this theater!” Parents ran out of the room with their children.

Everyone was gone, well almost. There was one boy in the center of the theater, and the flames were almost to him. He screamed as it got closer. And Drew ran to him, time slowed down as though he was in a black hole. In a moment, he grabbed the boy and ran back towards the exit. They made it out just in time. And the second he left, he saw a crowd of people. Cheering as he gave the boy to his parents.

Drew was later known as a hero. He might be a fictional character, but he showed exceptional leadership. I hope you’ve learned something from this story. Because Drew’s actions showed the characteristics of a true leader.