Saturday, 14 June 2014

End-of-year concert

Last night, as part of our Arts Festival to welcome parents for our farewell weekend, a group of music students performed a classical concert in the Music Hall.

Here are some of the highlights:

Sophia Chan playing Henryk Wieniawski's Scherzo for Violin...

Kelly Kwok playing Frédéric Chopin's Scherzo in B Minor on piano...

And Yudo Wong playing J.S. Bach's 2nd Flute Sonata...

Sophia and Yudo are, of course, accompanied on the piano by our Director of Music, Tama Karena.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Meeting Cindy Pon

CIS Hangzhou's first ever writer-in-residence, American Chinese YA author Cindy Pon, spent the first week of June on campus with us. Although she had arrived over the weekend and had already attended some classes on Monday morning, her formal introduction to the student body came when everyone assembled in the Library meeting area on Monday afternoon to hear her being interviewed about her life and work by English teacher Paul Murphy, who had arranged her visit.

Filmed by Hayson Chu

Thanks to the CIS Annual Fund for its generous support of this initiative

Friday, 6 June 2014

Three views of our first year in Hangzhou

Back in November, Film students Yudo Wong, Abigail Yee, and Ciara Jacob were practising shooting interviews as part of their study unit on the documentary genre.

Here we have some reflections on the early months of CIS Hangzhou from Abi herself, from English and Film teacher Paul Murphy [Gosh, I was porky at the start of the year! They say the camera adds a few kilos - but the rest is all my own fault!], and from Coach Mentor Liu Jing.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014


Semester 2 Film students took a class trip in March to visit the Hengdian World Studios, a major Zhejiang tourist attraction in the town of Dongyang, about 120 miles south of Hangzhou. Hengdian is a vast site, boasting several of the world's largest outdoor movie sets, including a full-size replica of the Forbidden City and a Han Dynasty palace that was built in the mid-90s for the filming of Chen Kaige's The Emperor and The Assassin and was made even more famous when it featured in Zhang Yimou's Hero in 2002.

Filmed and edited by Nick Berry, Cheryl Lee and Jeffrey Lam

Monday, 2 June 2014

A Coach Mentor speaks

One of our Coach Mentors, Wang Lu, was interviewed in Chinese by Nick Hildebrandt, Madeleine Witt, and Noam Braude for one of their Semester 1 assessment projects in Film. He has some interesting things to say about how this new role is evolving. [Subtitles in English]