Students of Garden International School (GIS) can give themselves a pat on the back. The year has seen them successfully organising a varied range of activities.
One such activity is the fourth Asia-Europe Classroom (AEC) teachers’ conference recently held in Gromitz, Germany, which saw all three projects the students were involved in – Virtual Homestay @ iCollaborate, Peace Project and Student Magazine On-line – winning awards.
GIS students had worked on the Virtual Homestay project for some time, initially collaborating with partners from Singapore, Germany and Finland, and then, more recently, with students from Sweden, Indonesia, China and Italy.
The Peace Project provided the theme for International Understanding Day in July whilst Student Magazine Online, or StuMag, saw enthusiastic student “journalists” compiling articles online.
GIS AEC coordinator Leonora Gunasekera said: “It seemed just a short while ago that we only had 30 students involved in two AEC projects. Then, last year, 130 of our students took part in a total of five projects. In future years? well, the sky’s the limit!”
This year’s conference also saw GIS opening its doors to homestay programmes. The school will soon be hosting 18 pupils from two German schools, the Kreisgymnasium Neustadt in Holstein and Gymnasium Marne.
GIS will also be organising a mini conference for students from Asia and Europe. The Cultural Kaleidoscope will see students and teachers from Singapore, Indonesia, Sweden and Germany collaborating in projects from February next year. Meanwhile, GIS Year 3 students recently celebrated the Festival of Lights by treating parents to a dazzling performance in the school hall. The show was staged as a newsflash on a television channel – GIS3TV – with programmes specially dedicated to Deepavali festivities. The concert, featuring sketches, songs and dances in the form of music videos from MTV India, thoroughly captured the attention of the audience and kept them entertained.
GSI “newscasters” broadcasted the programmes – which included a poem recital and feature on Deepavali customs and traditions – in typical news casting tradition, complete with breaks for commercials.
The concert ended with the audience in a truly festive mood.
Another occasion which was cause for joy was the Open Day held recently.
Parents and guests were invited to tour the school. Many took the opportunity to visit the new arts centre dedicated to teaching music, art and design, drama and dance and modern foreign languages. An exhibition of students’ artwork at the centre was enthusiastically received by parents.
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