Shi Jie - Spring 2014
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1MYP NEXT CHAPTER
MYP Next ChapterChanges introduced to the MYP Curriculum
Year 13 students reflect on graduation
S H I J I E - T O L O O K O U T I N T O T H E W O R L DTHE MAGAZINE OF DISCOVERY COLLEGE Spring 2014Grow. Discover. Dream.
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Language of Learning
This spring, our students are demonstrating their learning and creativity in a myriad of ways, many of which are highlighted in the pages of this magazine. From the Primary Drama production to the MYP Personal Project, students are deeply engaged in learning and are demonstrating their own creativity, understanding and perspectives.
In the Primary language units and Secondary English units, the foundation for this learning takes place. This includes both the essentials of reading and writing and the exploration of complex themes in literature or poetry. This foundation sets them up for success in their other subjects and undoubtedly gives students skills that will be useful throughout their lives.
The importance of critical thinking, creative expression and examination of critical issues cannot be understated. As our Year 13 students prepare for graduation, I can see that their enhanced skills in these areas will serve them well as they move into the next phase of their lives, and some of them have shared their own reflections with us in this issue.
As we continue to be a College that not only educates, but also encourages students to look at the world with inquiring minds, we are proud to provide this foundation for our students. Through the study of language and English, our students not only learn about literature and enhance their reading and writing skills, but they also are building a set of skills to share their ideas creatively, better understand a complex world and appreciate the international community we live in.
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Contents | Spring 2014
FOCUS ON ENGLISHReading, Writing and Literature, Oh My! 7Cultural Creativity 8The Laramie Project 9Student Reflections 9Written Language 10Oral Language 11Writing and Speaking 11
STAFF PROFILEKirsty de Wilde 12Brandon Nichols 13
HAPPENINGSDC Earns Accreditation 14Library Welcomes Visiting Authors 14Four Days of Adventure 15Discovering the Arts 16The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 18A World of Music 20Primary Chinese Speech Competition 21Say What? 21
SPORTSCobra Sports 22
CURRICULUMMYP Curriculum 24Personal Project 25
STUDENTSThe Path Ahead 26
ALUMNIWhere Are They Now? 28Hugo, Manon and Camille Libine
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Evelina AlexFiona Altoft
Kirsten AndersonThomas Au Zak BaldwinKristy Baron
Sarah BennettAshley Brooks
Kim CasselJeff Chan
Kirsty de WildeFrank DonnoliBecky EdwardsJason EdwardsDonna ElleryTerry EvansJoel Ford
Justin FungAdrian Gan
Annette GarnettLauren GordonKylie Harrison
Claire HolubowskyjGrace Kai FongZach Kilbourne
Ezra KohnPeter Lasscock
Kathy LauNicole LauJoanne LiAlfred Lo
Ava McKeeFlora Mather
Barak MichaelisShinya Mizuno
Peter MuirAndy Munn
Aleesha NaqviNicole OBrienAaron OshlackEleanor RiceZachary Sang
Leanne SercombeDebbie Tai
David ThapaVania TiattoPerlei ToorAlsace WuMichael Xin
5PRIMARY ATHLETICS DAY
Arriving at the Kwai Chung Sports ground in dry conditions, our 630 brightly-coloured Primary students were ready to run, jump and throw. All students were extremely busy throughout the full day, participating to their best ability for their House. The rotation of activities included tug of war, sprints, hurdles, long jump, and throwing objects including rubber chickens, fish and a quoit. The fun filled event finished with the Years 4-6 House relays. It was great to see all students in Years 1-6 support and compete in such a positive manner. The day ended with Green House placing first in the House Chant competition, followed by Purple House in second place, and Yellow House finishing third. The House Athletics results saw Yellow House place first, followed by Red House in second place and Green House in third. The success of the event comes down to the wonderful students, the efforts of staff and the parents who come along to support.
Andy MunnSports Coordinator
Primary athLetics Day
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READING, WRITING AND LITERATURE
R e a d i n g , W r i t i n g a n d L i t e r a t u r e , O h M y !At Discovery College, language is used as a medium of inquiry, providing opportunities to challenge, nurture and develop students. Learning language is integral to the development of personal, cognitive, social and cultural identity as well as to making meaning of the world around us. Through the study of language in Primary and focused English units in Secondary, Discovery College recognises that language is the foundation of all learning.
Students bring to any learning situation their prior knowledge and engage with the curriculum through the activities and assessments experienced. Within the interrelated components of the curriculum, students make sense of these experiences and construct meaning. Because our students come with many different language backgrounds, they will all progress at different paces. Discovery College values differentiated and varied instruction, which embraces multiple learning styles. In the PYP, language learning takes place in authentic contexts and is dynamic, challenging and relevant. Through transdisciplinary units of inquiry, students are encouraged to construct linguistic meaning using a range of strategies, make connections across content and make ongoing cultural discoveries. Teaching and learning also occurs through opportunities to develop language skills and attitudes. Examples of skill development in language include handwriting skills lessons, reading strategy skills development and writing sessions with a focus on developing punctuation, spelling and grammatical skills. Through a literature-rich environment with numerous experiences in language learning, the curriculum builds on students prior knowledge and understanding. All teaching integrates the language strands of listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting.
In Secondary, the English Department delivers a varied, challenging and enriching programme for students to develop literacy and writing skills as well as cultivate their ability to explore at a conceptual level. Using evidence based planning, the department seeks to tailor classroom experiences for each student. Our curriculum emphasises the three strands of
written, visual and oral communication in terms of both their reception and production. Teachers use a broad variety of historical and contemporary literary and non-literary texts to build critical literacy and encourage students to think laterally and independently across a range of issues.
At its core, literature seeks to capture, explain and question the human experience. This is reflective of the major concerns of our English programme, to promote understanding of self as the basis for appreciating diversity as well as comment on the nature and function of human society. These concerns are evident in all levels of the curriculum from Years 7 to 13. Understanding of self begins in Year 7 with, What makes me, me? Students use awareness of their cultural and personal identity as the basis for developing their narrative writing skills. Through exploring a range of visual, poetic and narrative texts students consider how values and beliefs are shaped by their personal experiences. By fostering this self-awareness, students become more able to appreciate the stories and experiences of others. In Year 8, students interrogate the relationship between individuality and conformity by asking, How does my social and physical environment contribute to my sense of self? Through study of Jerri Spinellis Stargirl and supporting texts drawn from social media and popular culture, students explore important issues such as peer pressure and acceptance within young teenagers.
As well as enabling students to understand their own identity within the communities in which they exist, we encourage students to think critically about human society. In Year 8 students study Lois Lowrys dystopian novel, The Giver, which raises questions about the need for systems and their ethical implications. There is a clear focus upon developing the ability to plan, construct and develop an argument in a coherent and persuasive way both through essay writing and in Socratic Seminars. In Year 9 students engage with the genre of science fiction to understand that literature can be used as platform for envisioning the future and, in doing so, also point out its flaws. In Year 11, students consider the role of rhetoric in provoking social
change. By exploring a range of speeches from the iconic Martin Luther King Jr.s I have a dream and Elie Wiesels Listen to the Silent Scre