Saturday, 30 May 2015

TEDx highlights

This Thursday afternoon in our theatre we staged our first TEDx conference, an event entirely organised by students: Jasmine and Georgina Savage and Enrique Chuidian.

Coach Mentor Jean Yap arranged the technical support, with assistance from Lauren Justice, Jennifer Chan, Shanyu Hou, and Celeste Yau.

Tristan Wong co-ordinated the filming, with additional camerawork by Jae Lamb, Samantha Koo and yours truly.

Tristan will try to prepare one or more official commemorative films of the event, bringing together bits of the best of all four camera angles. But for now, here is a 'rush' of my footage. Watch out for more over the next week or so.

Filmed by Mr Murphy

You can see all the contributions to our inaugural TEDx event at the following links:


Mia Kriegel  -  Embracing change

Tiffany Ng  -  Celebrating your weirdness

Tippy Pei & Dominic Law  -  Hong Kong public schools

Sabrina Chan  -  Falling in love with a city

Katie Eu  -  Being nice on social media

Wang Lu  -  The magic of African drumming


Emily Duncan & Jae Lamb  -  'Linger' (by The Cranberries)

Karis Tao, Austin Lam, Jasmine Savage,
Georgina Savage & Enrique Chuidian  -  group musical improvisation

Wang Lu and friends  -  African Drumming: 'Kassa' - a traditional harvest song from Guinea

Friday, 29 May 2015

The Big Match: doing battle with GYS on the football pitch

Here are some highlights from Monday's re-match against the football team of our Chinese host school, Greentown Yuhua. When we played them near the start of the year, it was an exhausting 0-0 draw. They got a rather better result this time. (I'm afraid my camerawork wasn't the best on this, and I missed to capture one of our goals altogether. The final score was 4-2 to GYS.)

A (very nearly) full film of the match can be seen here

Filmed by Mr Murphy

Thursday, 28 May 2015

TEDx is here!

As promised, here is a trailer for this afternoon's TEDx Youth event here at CIS Hangzhou, which has been organised by Jasmine and Georgina Savage and Enrique Chuidian.

A film by Tristan Wong

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

TEDx draws nigh

Students are staging a small TEDx conference on Thursday afternoon. Here is a very short promo Tristan Wong made to advertise the event. He promises me he has a more substantial trailer nearly ready too.

A film by Tristan Wong


In this video Anthony Lauderdale and his team used a parody of the Wiz Khalifa song Black and Yellow to illustrate the trigonometry mnemonic SOHCAHTOA for their final presentation in the Maths IDE back in March. The other members of the team were Tippy Pei, Adam Guo, Kate Bradley, Shanyu Hou, Constance Lam, and Lauren Mok.

A film by Anthony Lauderdale

Monday, 25 May 2015

Maths is REAL (oh, yes it is!)

Adrian Lee led his team's demonstration of why "Maths is REAL" in this film made for their final presentation in the Maths IDE activity at the end of March. The other members of his team were Tiffany Ng, Jennifer Chan, Vivian Gu, Angela Zhang, Vrithik Mehta, and Will Baxter-Bray.

A film by Tiffany Ng

Friday, 22 May 2015

'Science Week' revisited (4)

For her 'Science Week' project, Jasmine Savage chose to freeze things with liquid nitrogen - and then SMASH them. 

It looks very pretty. And very cathartic!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

'Science Week' revisited (3)

Ingrid Tsang and her GYS study partner Chen Jun Lei (陳駿磊) chose to investigate the physics of skateboarding for their 'Science Week' project. They were able to enlist the help of one of Hangzhou's top skateboarding enthusiasts, Feng Zi (風子) to demonstrate a couple of crucial moves. [This film runs twice: first in English, then in Chinese.]

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

'Science Week' revisited (2)

In our 'Science Week' last month, Jennifer Allardice and Ariana Beaver, together with their GYS partners Jackie and Tony, decided to use liquid nitrogen to make a super-quick Green Apple Sorbet. Looks yummy! 

It would have been more economical if they could have used some of the apples that Adrian smashed in his martial arts demonstration (the first film in our 'Science' series this week) - why didn't we think of that?

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

'Science Week' revisited (1)

A number of student teams prepared short videos as part of the final exhibit for their 'Science Week' projects last month. This week I'll be sharing a few of the best. Here we start with martial arts enthusiast Adrian Lee (assisted behind-the-scenes by his GYS study partner Martin Yang) analysing the physics of nunchuks, etc....

Monday, 18 May 2015

Driven to abstraction!

I shot so much video during our Science Fair a few weeks back that much of it had to end up "on the cutting-room floor" (as we used to say in the good old days). Here's a montage of some of those previously unused clips, some visually arresting little oddities I got distracted by while out and about with 'Marty' that day. [I've recently given all our cameras the names of famous film directors. The one I usually use with our 'Fig Rig' is named in honour of the legendary Mr Scorsese.]

A film by Mr Murphy

The music is Surf Rider by The Lively Ones (perhaps best known as the end credit music from Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction).

Friday, 8 May 2015

Three weeks ago today....

Gosh, was it as recently as that?! It seems like... months ago.

I have already shared a highlights reel of the Fashion Show with which we concluded our 'Design Week' IDE, but here is the full event.

Filmed by Mr Murphy

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Let's go fly a kite!

Yesterday Wang laoshi and our Chinese Department led an afternoon outing to the West Lake Kite Museum, where students enjoyed painting their own traditional kites. 

Flying them afterwards was a bit more of a problem.... in a high-walled courtyard full of trees! Getting our creations airborne required some ingenuity, and quite a lot of legwork.

[Special thanks to Jasmine Savage for the line of the afternoon!!!]

Filmed by Mr Murphy

The music here is.... er, well.... I don't know. Can anyone help me? It's a traditional Chinese (western Chinese, Central Asian...) piece, I believe. I've owned it for ages; but, although I bought it in China, the track information is displayed in Japanese (and is strangely insusceptible to Google Translate)!

Friday, 1 May 2015

Caught Reading!

The Library Committee has been running a photography competition for the past few weeks on the theme of being "Caught Reading" in somewhat unusual circumstances. Several students and a few members of staff (although they can't be "in competition") have given their creativity a free rein on this. Here are some of the best examples. 

The results are due to be announced in Assembly next Monday. 

Slideshow compiled by Mr Murphy; photographs by numerous members of the CIS Hangzhou community

The music here is an adaptation of Pharrell Williams' Happy by Youtuber Adreanna Pankow.