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Secondary Retrospect

How time flies! The semester turned into December, and secondary students have performed so well this month. There are so many activities and learning experiences that we want to share with you.

Our secondary school students went on a field trip to Changle Digital Education Town on November 27th where we experienced the latest AR technology.

During this inquiry-based learning, our secondary school students immersed themselves in the world of virtual reality, which provided an eye-feast for us and gave us a deep understanding of the application of VR technology in our daily life, such as VR shopping and AR for education and robots.

In the afternoon, we participated in the outward bound program at the Net Dragon Creative Park. Under the guidance of the teachers, the middle school students had some outdoor activities while our high school students were assigned to design AI products to solve problems in our real life. Later, they did a presentation to introduce the products and made a rough business plan, which demonstrated their innovative thinking skills. 

Sports events are something that everyone from the school looks forward to. On the 30th of November, 2019, the basketball game that was eagerly anticipated was finally held. Although we did not promote the game, the gym was packed with parents, teachers, friends, family, and other spectators who wanted to see our students competing in their first basketball game ever.

The opponent was the Canadian High School - a more experienced opponent in every way. Our players were a formidable adversary. They showed up determined to win and were in high spirits, but unfortunately, that was not enough for them to win the game. During and after the game, both teams showed respect towards each other by participating in fair play, handshakes, and group photos, amongst other things. The game itself was filled with all the elements that make the game of basketball so great: tension, team play, a variety of dribbling skills, diversified plays, adjusting to the opponents' defense and offense, and so on. It was a joy to watch.

This is one of the many games yet to come. We are all excited because we will be able to travel to and host them. In the meantime, our students keep improving by working on their basketball skills, strategies, and getting into shape. As the old saying goes: "Practice makes perfect!".

The same day after the basketball competition, some students from music theory class went to an orchestra concert, accompanied by music and art teachers. It was the first time for many students to experience the charm of an orchestra concert. During the 90 minute concert, they enjoyed a series of orchestra version film music pieces performed by Beijing Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, such as “City of Stars” from Lala Land, “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany's, “Gone with the Wind”, and “Playing Love” from The Legend of 1900. This music field trip not only helped students gain a better understanding of music theory but also provided students an opportunity to appreciate elegant arts and the inspiration of music.

Many parents are very familiar with the WSC -- World Scholar’s Cup. Yes, here we come again! Congratulations to the thirteen scholars who represented FLIS at the Fuzhou regional round of the prestigious World Scholar’s Cup on the weekend of December 7 and 8, 2019. It was a wonderful opportunity for them to exercise their skills in team debate, collaborative writing, and application of knowledge in various subject areas such as literature, arts, science, social studies, and history. Students left with many awards for the skills and subject areas that they excelled in. 

The team that won first place for overall excellence in the junior division was one of our teams!  For the senior division, our school had only one scholar so he was paired with two scholars from another school and his team also won first place overall. We also had several students from our school rank number one in the individual rankings for various subject areas and overall! All the achievements are actually too many to list here. Suffice it to say, this exciting competition, which they spent months preparing for, has surely served to build their confidence. Some also actually boldly performed on stage (singing, dancing, etc.) for the optional talent show!

The regional round in itself was a very rewarding experience, but this is actually just the beginning. Believe it or not, 100% of our thirteen scholars actually qualified for the coming international global round of the World Scholar’s Cup, which will be hosted outside of China. So look out world, here comes FLIS!