On December 16, 2016, students of BIS celebrate Christmas on “Christmas day.”
On the last day of school before winter break, BIS students have the opportunity to not wear their uniforms. Instead, with a low price of a thousand won, they can wear red, green, or other Christmas colours to show their Christmas spirit. They can camouflage themselves among all the Christmas colours yet to appear outside of school. Students also have the opportunity to take part in enjoyable activities. According to Wonsuk, from the BIS Student Council, high school students will get to enjoy activities like watching movies, eating in the canteen, and maybe even a nintendo room for Mr.Arbuckle to conquer once more. Last year, these activities had been done for the last day of the school year. The responses were positive, so the school will continue the last day before the Winter break. “I liked the movie room because we were very relaxed. I also liked the canteen because they had good slushies,” says Rosetta from grade 11. For elementary students, they will get to have a Christmas cookie decoration activity, a christmas tree decorating contest and many more! Christmas day lightens up the mood for the winter break to come!
So remember, dress in Christmas colours for “Christmas Day” on December 16th. Moreover, remember to bring a thousand won and possibly even more for snacks and drinks!
The Second Spirit Day: Snow Day
On December 9th, BIS had its second Spirit Day, Snow Day. To briefly explain, everyone had to dress up in ‘White’ clothes. Most of the students and teachers came to school disguised in simple and white outfits as they brought out their own fashion style.
Though there were many casually dressed students, some truly displayed their own distinct fashion sense thanks to this special occasion. Half of the students wore sweatshirt, hoodie, or T-shirt as they spruced themselves up for the event. Others matched their white tops with unique bottoms such as pants and skirts in particular patterns. Even though students were required to include a majority of “WHITE” color in their dress outfits, some of them preferred to wear clothes with ‘whitish’ color, such as gray, ivory, and light beige.
Since students were allowed to put on casual clothes, both elementary and secondary students were supposed to pay 1,ooo won to have on white colors of dress. All the other students who were not dress up in their casual clothes, were expected to wear their school uniform as usual. In the meantime, it is hard to neglect the fact that there were even some who were dressed in other achromatic color such as “BLACK” instead of “WHITE”.
On that day, people who pre-ordered a cup of hot chocolate were given a special opportunity to get a taste of sweet drinks to warm up their temperature. Compared to the previous year, the taste of hot chocolate has improved. Erika Park from Grade 12 stated, “Last year, it was so sweet that I could only have few sips of it, so many of our students had to add some more water to adjust the taste. But this year, it tastes like a drink sold in a cafe.” Students, however, who did not pre-order hot chocolate missed it and promised to get the very special taste on next year’s occasion
Celebrating the last month of each year, BIS hosts three different spirit days for Christmas holidays every year on December. Following events are Pajama day, Snow day, and Christmas day. Last Friday on December 2nd, the school successfully held its first spirit day: Pajama day. On Friday next week, our school will have the last event of 2016 to celebrate the day right before our winter break. On Christmas day, you would easily notice most, if not many, students and teachers dressed up in green, red, or white colors each of them boasting their own personal fashion style. Furthermore, the student council members will inform that they would run for the canteen throughout the whole day. Get ready to enjoy our last special event!
2016 Love Coal
On December 6th, 2016, the high school students left for Gungnae-dong for Love Coal volunteer at around 12:30. The coals were delivered to the people living in poor conditions which will serve as a tool to stay warm during the winter. The grades were separated and were distributed to different places. The teachers helped as well, Mrs Kim delivered coals, although she seemed to be having a hard time, she still kept her enthusiasm to the end. Overall, almost all of the students seemed happy at the end of the volunteer. The residents were very welcoming and understanding. In return, the students paid utmost respect to them and their properties, including the coals. After the coal delivery was completed students and teachers gathered where they were dropped off by the bus. Students and teachers were covered with coal dust, and some intentionally painted their face with coal.
In the end, the students and the teachers had an enjoyable time delivering coals and were able to provide the service to warm up their hearts with joy and kindness. Classmates and their homeroom teachers worked together through teamwork and support. For Grade 12s, Mrs Kim, Ms Liu , and Mr. Min supervised and helped them deliver the coals. Mr Min stayed in the storage room where he helped the students stack the coals, and Mrs Kim and Ms Liu helped the students carry the coals. Even with their help, some students were sweating like they just took a shower with sweat. Still, they refused to rest, and continued working, showing their level of determination and the heart of a volunteer.
On their way back, the students and the teachers were completely depleted of their strength. They slept their entire journey back to the school, which they have rightfully earned.
Fewer students were able to join this year compared to last year. However, those who joined this volunteer event managed to finish the job quickly and efficiently. To this reporter’s eyes, there is no better way to show the representation of our school than the teamwork we have shown in this event.
The Love Coal date was postponed to December 6th from December 5th due to a foretold rain. The 6th was colder than the 5th, making the students and teachers more vulnerable to catching a cold.