It’s that time of year again, when all the smiling, bright little kids take their very first step towards adulthood. It’s also the time of year when all the high school students come groaning back to school. This year, however, there’s much to look forward to at Tsinghua International School (THIS). Here are just a few of the events that will take place this academic year.
The Construction of a New Gym
The THIS campus does currently have a gym, but this new one is going to have a pool included. While the school may be dusty and a little hard to walk through now, it’ll all be worth it when we’re cannon balling in the pool. The construction is estimated to finish around the end of next year, so even though there’s still some time, everyone at THIS has their swimsuits and towels on hand, ready to splish, splash, and have some fun.
New Grade Trip Destinations
Recently at THIS, the high school division has been taking trips either during winter or spring break to various places to further extend their learning. Grade 9 is taking a trip to Yunan, where they will volunteer in a mountain village, teach children, learn about the local culture, and experience the clashing of modern urbanism with unique rural ethnicities; one of the topics they discuss in their humanities class. Grade 10 will go to Greece and Italy to immerse themselves in two cultures that birthed democracy and the Renaissance while Grade 11 is traveling to the rainforest (specifics to be decided), to study the behavior of animals in their natural habitat. There hasn’t yet been a confirmation about where Grade 12 will go, but last year they went to Paris and participated in a student exchange program with a local school. Grade trips are an opportunity for students to get to know each other better, spend time together, and apply the skills they have learned to the real world.
Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
Last Wednesday, September 3, three days before the Mid-Autumn break, THIS hosted its annual Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, honoring the Chinese tradition with song, dance, poetry, and of course, mooncake. THIS values cultural diversity very much and always plans multiple events throughout the year to celebrate the festivities of different cultures.
There’s still a lot to happen in the year, and the students and faculty of THIS are jumping with excitement for events that are to come. Stay tuned to see what’s in store at THIS.
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