(TO PUBLISH IN CROSS SECTION, GET YOUR MESSAGE TO CLARA WONG IN THE HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE NO LATER THAN 4 PM THURSDAY) HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION – Tuesday, March 24, 2009 Issue #27
Cross Section is published electronically every Tuesday on the Dragonnet. Log on to your internet, go to the address: http://dragonnet.hkis.edu.hk. Click on high school and then click on Cross Section. If you need a hard copy of Cross Section, please ask your student to pick one up in the main office.
Upcoming Events Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27 Wednesday, March 25 – Friday, March 27 7:30 pm Friday, March 27 Tuesday, March 31, 6 pm 7 pm Wednesday, April 1 10:50 am 7:30 pm Friday, April 3 Saturday, April 4 Monday, April 6 – Thursday, April 9 Friday, April 10 – Monday, April 13 Tuesday, April 7 Tuesday, April 14 Wednesday, April 15 – Sunday, April 19 Friday, April 17 Saturday, April 18 1.
Senate Spirit Week EARCOS Teachers Conferences Art Exhibits and Drama Production Ends of Quarter 3, Half Day Schedule Grade 9 & 10 College Night Interim Exhibition Night Senate Registration Easter Community Gathering HS Band Concert, Auditorium Senate Nomination Due Ching Ming Festival, Public Holiday School Holidays Easter Holidays Quarter 3 Report Cards Mailed Home Senate Campaign Begins APAC Soccer, Shanghai Senate Speeches Interact Fashion Show, ―Vivre 2009‖
Drama Production March 25 – 27, 7:30 pm, Auditorium The next Drama production of the 2008-2009 school year is the popular and intellectually challenging Picasso at the Lapin Agile, by the comic actor and screenwriter, Steve Martin. This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy imagines Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904—a café frequented in fact by Picasso--just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. Bystanders, including Picasso' agent, the bartender and his mistress, Einstein and Picasso's dates, an elderly philosopher, and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the patrons at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark haired singer time warped in from a later era. Dealing effectively with both the sublime and the ridiculous, playwright Martin embraces the major issues of our time. Performances of this award winning play (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off Broadway Play) are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on March 25, 26 and 27, in the High School Auditorium.
Global Issues Network Conference From March 20 through 22, approximately 400 students from over 40 International schools in the region participated in the second annual Global Issues Network Conference hosted by the International School of Bangkok. The theme was ―We Can, We Will.‖ This is a conference for students and lead by students, but also with input from some adult keynote speakers who brought messages of hope and challenge about a variety of global issues and what positive steps can be taken to address them in a sustainable way. These speakers included John Lui from the ―Earth’s Hope‖ initiative, Dr Meichai Viravaidya from Thailand’s Population and Community Development Association, and Jean Francois Rischard, author of ―High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 years to Solve Them. Ten HKIS students [(Austen Ballard, (9) Victoria Chen,(10) Pooja Hattangdi,(9) Rinat Klapholz,(9)Sabrina Li,(11) Jaclyn Phi (9), Arden Radford, (10) Alex Sherr, (11) Trevor Siu (12) and Daniela Yakuel,(9)) travelled to this conference and led two workshops that presented a sample of some of our HKIS service projects, along with the issues that drive them. The first workshop entitled ―Live to Learn‖ focused on the ―education for all‖ global concern, and highlighted the CLC scholarship program for girls in China begun by students at HKIS, and our links with non profit literacy programs such as ―Room to Read‖ and ―Big Brother Mouse‖. The second workshop entitled ―Barefeet to Heal‖ focused on health issues in Africa, including HKIS’ wide-ranging efforts this year that supported the NGO Heal Africa based in the Congo, the highly successful three-a-side Barefoot Soccer tournament, and the recent interim to the Kalahari in South Africa.
Our students were able to take part in workshops led by students from other schools, as well as ―Global Village Groups‖ where they had the opportunity to meet with other student and discuss issues and possible actions. The students came away inspired and energized to come back to HKIS with a message that students can get involved, and make a difference in a sustainable and meaningful way. To this end they bring a vision of a Global Issues Network Hub that would form an umbrella for all of our service clubs, activities and initiatives at HKIS. (Greg Ladner, Sharon Vipond, Faculty Sponsors)
Interim Exhibition Night on Tuesday, March 31 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. All students must attend Interim Exhibition Night and parents are invited to join us in the evening to celebrate the accomplishments and learn of the challenges your child and the Interim team faced during the Interim Week. Buses will be available for your way back home and depart from HS Gate at 8:15 p.m. Bus 1: HS Gate->Admiralty M.T.R. -> Central G.P.O. Bus 2: HS Gate ->Stanley-> Repulse Bay-> Parkview. Parents, please complete the Security ID Form in a separate attachment and present it at the HS Gate for attending the exhibition night if you do not have a HKIS Parent ID Card.
Summer School: 14th Annual Summer Academic Term The 2009 High School Summer Academic Term is now open for registration. This program offers high school credit for courses taught on the HKIS campus by our own faculty. Complete details and forms are available at the following Web address: http://dragonnet.hkis.edu.hk/hs/administration/summer/. With the exception of Mongolia (see below) the registration deadline is April 14. Please read the handbook carefully before applying. Two classes, Biblical Traditions and Info Tech, are already fully enrolled with waiting lists. Mongolia is filling quickly. Summer School: Habitat for Humanity-Mongolia, 2009. The 2009 Summer Academic Term is offering two religion courses in conjunction with participation in Habitat for Humanity Global Village Builds in Mongolia. This year’s course will run from June 13 - June 27. Our 14-day experience begins in Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar. Both groups will travel to a Habitat for Humanity build site away from the capital, where they will help build adequate, affordable housing alongside Mongolian families. Upon arrival at the build site, the students will meet with the Habitat for Humanity Affiliate Staff and partner families. Over five days, they will be given building training, an introduction to the area, the community and an overview of the current housing situation of the Habitat families. Students will build alongside the Habitat partner families, interacting with the local people and culture and enjoying the cuisine and scenery. A second feature of the experience is three days spent at a traditional Mongolian Ger Camp – an opportunity to unplug the electronics, enjoy the picturesque Mongolian countryside, and immerse themselves in the study of Buddhism in a land steeped in Buddhist tradition. Finally, students will either work with the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation or the Verbist Care Center in their summer quarters. Students will spend three days working and playing with formerly homeless children who live in one of these two internationally-financed, Mongolian-run outreach programs. These courses are physically, emotionally and intellectually demanding. Our students have found that working alongside our Mongolian hosts provides a powerful and often transformative experience for everyone. We meet nightly as a group, and students will be expected to read assigned articles, reflect on the readings and their experiences, consider what it means to truly serve others, and begin to build an understanding of how Buddhism and Christianity integrate service with faith. The registration site for this course is open now on the high school dragonet http://dragonnet.hkis.edu.hk/hs/administration/summer/. Students will need to return the Summer School registration form with an attached cheque ($21,000 for the course). The registration deadline for this course will be March 31. The maximum number of students is 20 for each course, with a minimum registration of 10 in order for either course to run. Registration is first-come, first-served. Places will not be assigned until the completed form and cheque are received. Any questions, please contact Tash McCarroll at 3149-7763 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PFO News: Donate used books for the PFO World’s Fair - Book Sale!!! Here’s your chance to clear those bookshelves! We are collecting used books of any genre - in good condition - to be sold at the PFO World’s Fair - Book Sale - on April 25th. We will also accept CDs and DVDs.
Collection will start on Monday, March 2nd at the following collection points: Upper Primary – at the UP Office, 4th Floor High School – Parking Garage, P1, Spots 74/75 (please note that these are different spots from last year)
We will collect books until April 21st. Please contact Reka Aguilar at email@example.com or Anne O’Leary at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. World’s Fair Entertainers sought! Seeking vocalists, bands, dancers, community activities and so much more to perform on Saturday, April 25th. Also, student DJ sought for the last hour of World's Fair entertainment. Please contact Kam Faiola at email@example.com. Entertainment by the students for the students! A highlight of the PFO WORLD'S FAIR is the fantastic food and enthusiasm of the families that cook. We are looking for Indian families and Filipino families to help coordinate these two stalls. If you are interested in helping, please contact Joanne Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 6224-1198. Kareena (Rohini) Chotirmal www.personalizestuff.com Tel: (852) 9023-6454 Join the PFO Board for 2009-2010!!!! The PFO Board has the following position openings for next year. Recording Secretary: responsible for helping to maintain the communication between the PFO Board, the school and the community at large. Treasurer: responsible for maintaining PFO financial records and managing finances. VP of Communications: provides support to the calendar committee, the directory committee, the technology committee and the photography committee. Also work as liaison between the four committees and the PFO elected board. This is a great opportunity to get connected and become informed about what is happening at HKIS. Parents from all divisions and any length of time at HKIS are encouraged to consider taking a role and providing a valuable service to the school. For more information contact: ZoeLynne Sursock at 6081-7880 or email@example.com . 6. Interact Fashion Show “Vivre 2009” This year’s tenth annual Interact Fashion show is entitled ―Vivre 2009.‖ The show is organized by a committee of 25 high school students, along with 80 other students involved with the actual performance. The students want to give voice to the aspirations of so many that are often not heard. The students have chosen to work with Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation based in Hong Kong. This is a non-profit organization founded by Christians and dedicated to improving the livelihoods of impoverished rural communities in Asia through education and service. They partner with local communities, organizations and governments to identify sources of poverty and implement programs in the areas of education and community development. Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation believe that education creates opportunities for people to change their lives and create a new future. This year, the proceeds will be donated to scholarships for girls in the rural community in China who have exceptional qualifications in their academics but are unable to attend school due to a lack of financial assistance from home. We ask that you consider financially supporting the charity fashion show. Your sponsorship will support this organization that will make a difference in the lives of many. Last year, the students were able to raise $400,000 through sponsorship and about 750 people attended the performance. Thank you for your consideration. We would greatly appreciate your sponsorship. Zella Talbot, Interact Advisor Interact Fashion Show Committee