By: Dayoon Lee
Last week, on May 17th and 18th, BIS high school students had the yearbook photoshoot. Individual shots and class photos were taken on 17th. On the following day, club photos and the photo for the whole high school were taken. During the photoshoot, both the photographers and the students faced tough situations due to the scorching heat. Nevertheless, most students participated in the photo shoot with energy and high spirits despite the hardships. Especially, the grade 12s seemed excited for the photoshoot since this year’s yearbook would be notably memorable as they are the graduates. The photos taken on these two days will be put together for BIS 2016 Yearbook and the final yearbooks will be distributed at the end of June. Let’s all hope that the students got their best shots for the yearbook.
Communications 12: The Provincial Exam
By: Sol Ahn
On May 14th, Saturday, our eight students in Communications 12 took the provincial exam at 9AM. Communications 12 is a course that it considered an “easier” version of English 12 in which includes email writing, business letter, visual design, reading comprehension, a paragraph, and an essay. Unlike English 12 which focuses on the academic aspects of the English language, Comm 12 focuses on the techniques and skills we can apply through our daily lives. Hence, it provides students with effective ways of communication in our modern society. While the five students in History 12 only took one provincial exam (English 12) last week, the other eight students took two exams, English and Communications, back-to-back. Although stressful to take two exams within two days, there is one big advantage of the students who choose to take Communications 12: to graduate, they only need to pass one of the two courses (English 12 / Communications 12)! The eight students who took the exam on Saturday all seem pretty satisfied about their performance. Here are some students’ responses about the exam:
Grace Jeon: “I feel good about the exam because it was much easier than English 12. The hardest part was in the beginning when we had the poem reading comprehension. Yes, I’m still glad I chose Communications over History. My favourite part of the exam was visual design!”
Annie Yun: “The exam was okay, but the reading comprehension was kind of confusing. I’m still glad I chose Comm 12 over History though. My favourite part of the exam was business letter writing, because it was easy.”
Bryan Jeong: “The exam was much easier than English 12. My least favourite was business letter, and my favourite was visual design. I’m really happy I chose Comm 12 this year.”
English 12 Provincial Exam
G11 Jenny Kim
On May 13th, thirteen Grade 12 students took their first English 12 Provincial Exam at 9 in the morning. Unlike the previous years, Grade 12 students at BIS had the opportunity to take the provincial exam twice this year, both in May and June. By having one more opportunity to take the exam, students can take an advantage of covering the deficit they had on their first exam. This provincial exam was perhaps the most nervous moment for the seniors, since it signals that it's almost nearing an end of their high school life.
Let’s give a round of applause to all Grade 12 students for their hard work!
G11 Erika Park
A day of joyful celebration came again this year: Children’s day. Children always remember their own precious moments on this day, and share the moments to the rest of the world. During Children’s day, many parents take their children to special events to appease their sons and daughters. Due to this, special places such as amusement parks and festivals attract many more customers. So, how was Children’s Day created? International Day for the Protection of Children became Children’s Day on June 1 since 1950. However, Children’s Day is interpreted in various ways throughout many different countries around the world. In Canada, the National Children’s Day was announced on 1993 to celebrate UN’s two documents related to children’s rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989. The date of the celebration is November 20th in Canada. On the other hand, Children’s Day in South Korea is on May 5th. Children's Day was first conceived by innovative Korean students and social leaders on the basis of the March 1st Movement. Bang Jeong-hwan, who fought for the independence of Korea, greatly contributed to the popularization of this holiday, thanks to his effort.
Although the methods that popularized Children’s Day are different, Children’s day is celebrated in many different countries. Children’s day is established for the well-being of children. Thanks to many people’s great support, children are better respected nowadays than before.
Pro D Day
G12 Helen Jeon
May 9th was the third Professional Development Day (Pro D Day) at BIS Canada. It was a day off for all the students, however, every single one of teachers from BC offshore schools in Korea had to come over to our school in order to attend the Pro D Day event.
A professional development day is a learning day for teachers. Seminars and workshops are held during an event to give the teachers an opportunity to learn and discuss new ideas in student learning styles. The seminar usually highlights new research information related to better the styles of education for the benefit of both the students and teachers.