Saturday, 31 January 2015
Friday, 30 January 2015
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Monday, 26 January 2015
Our new Drama teacher, Jen Grace, and a few of her students led a series of workshops with students from Greentown Yuhua Middle School during the early part of this semester - preparing to present a special Christmas show, an original adaptation of Disney's Frozen.
This short documentary about the project was made by a film team of GYS students.
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Our Coach Mentor team have just devised a particularly engaging Inter-Disciplinary Experience (IDE) to develop some of the key 'Approaches to Learning' that are an integral part of the curriculum in the IB Middle Years Program. Inspired by Brandon Stanton's cult photo blog Humans of New York, we set out to create a 'Humans of Hangzhou' project - where our students would go out and talk with people on the streets of the city, take photographs of them and record the highlights of their conversations. The results of their endeavours over two days were displayed in an art exhibition in our theatre and on our newly launched Humans of Hangzhou website.
Check out the site: http://www.yuyi.org.cn/cishz/humans-of-hangzhou/
Filmed by Mr Murphy
Friday, 23 January 2015
A small group of CIS HZ students travels every Wednesday to a primary school in a rundown suburb of Hangzhou where - in collaboration with the NGO China Grassroots Football - they lead a variety of football coaching games with local schoolchildren.
One of my Film students last year, Charlotte Suan, created this montage of the trip for her final assessment project (with just a little help from her teammates Ryan Hsu and Nick Hildebrandt).
A film by Charlotte Suan
Monday, 19 January 2015
Sunday, 18 January 2015
Round about this time last year we staged a Talent Show. Not the most polished act, but one of the most memorable (a huge amount of film was shot of the event by various staff and students, but it all seems to have got lost!) was punk duo Forced Breakfast, with their almost eponymous first composition Breakfast! - a raucous protest against compulsory breakfast attendance. [This year's crop of students seem to be much more accepting of this imposition...]
Breakfast! is written and performed by Fin McCombe (guitar, vocals) and Axel Leven (drums).
My thanks to Forced Breakfast's 'manager' Becca Guo for passing on this rare video footage of one of their few public performances.
Friday, 9 January 2015
In the bleak midwinter, our idyllic three-day retreat on nearby Tongzhou island back in the middle of October seems a very long way away indeed - but it's warming to look back and remind ourselves one more time. Here, to complete a trilogy of films on the three main learning activities different groups of students undertook while on the trip, is Film student Shanyu Hou's mini-documentary on the 'Culinary Capers' cooking project. [Here are links to the other two, the 'Orchestrash' music project and the 'Coastlines' PR project.]
A film by Shanyu Hou