Earlier this term students from international schools all over Korea auditioned to be members of the KAIAC/KIMEA National Honor Festival. Students can audition to be a member of the symphonic band, string orchestra or choir. This year CDS has twelve students that were accepted to participate in this prestigious performance. Yeongseo Bak, Seojoo Park, Sarah Park, Ruby Noh, Grace Shin, Evangeline Wang, Dana Ahn, Andy Chang, Martin Lee, Takjun Oh, Hyun Jun Cho, and Sangha Park were all accepted to sing in the national honor choir in February. Tomo Shimada was also accepted as an alternate bass for the choir.
Congratulations to all these young musicians!
On the weekend of the 17th and 18th of November the CDS speech and debate teams travelled to GSIS to compete in the second KAIAC Forensics competition of the year.
Friday night’s achievements were no surprise with Mark Park representing CDS in the Solo Acting finals, ranking at an overall 4th place. Another special mention goes out to Jun Cho, Cheul Shin and Danny Cho who ranked 8th place overall in their respective categories, Oratory, Impromptu and Poetry. Most students improved on their personal bests, confirming that dedication and preparation do pay off.
We would also like to congratulate Seongmin Lee and Kevin Song from our debate team, who placed 7th out of 21 teams on Saturday, competing in the Open Parliamentary category.
We look forward to the third competition on the 19th and 20th of January 2018 at YISS and hope to return refreshed and energized after the Winter Break.
Congratulations to all the students and thank you for everyone’s hard work and great manners. I am always proud of you.
Students will be assigned a locker for use on campus. CDS is loaning the lockers for each student and as such, students are expected to respect their locker as shared community space. Students must supply their own lock and are responsible for remembering their key/combination. Due to time constraints CCTV footage will not be checked for items missing from an unlocked locker.
Students are to keep their lockers tidy and free of any vulgar materials, weapons, drugs, or alcohol. Any malfunctioning locker should be reported to the administration office.
The school reserves the right to open school lockers without consent for any reason deemed appropriate by the Division Director or administration.
Personal Property Policy
It is very important to keep track of all the items students bring to school each day. Labelling all clothing, book bags, belongings, lunch boxes (and containers) with the student’s name and grade helps ensure the return of the item, should it be misplaced. Please check at the HS office for misplaced items. The school accepts no financial responsibility for personal items that go missing at school. Students are discouraged from bringing non-essential belongings to school. Occasionally personal items may be brought to school at the teacher’s request. If unsolicited, personal items brought from home become a distraction or annoyance in the classroom, they will be confiscated and returned at a later time.
Large sums of money and other valuable items should be left at home. Distracting electronic devices (psp, gameboy, expensive cameras, etc.) and similar items should not to be brought to school. The school assumes no responsibility for loss of student’s property.
Due to time constraints CCTV footage will not be checked for items left unattended within the school.
Participation in the science fair hit record numbers on Wednesday. Such were the number of entrants that the High School Presentations were delayed until Monday. The posters were still displayed and judged. All science teachers commented that they were really impressed at the level of research and creativity that was on display. Results will be released on Monday.
As you all know, CDS now has a new building for high school use including a brand new gym and a cafe. The cafe will soon have wifi and can be used as a high school lounge. Students who would like to take a break from studying can do so in the cafe as well as the high school lounge areas in the main building.
Students who wish to study and do homework can do so in the CDS Library. The Library is a public space for students needing a quiet place to study. Study groups are welcomed but should be considerate of those who are studying individually and need a quiet environment. If frequent discussion is necessary, students can use a discussion room or the cafe.
It goes without saying that students are expected to respect all public spaces by keeping them clean and neat for others to use. This includes the cafe, library, and high school lounge areas which are meant for all students to use and enjoy.
On the evening of the 10th of November, the senior Drama class made a field trip to go and watch the play “In our own backyard” written by Rachel Lopez and performed by the KIS High School Drama students.
“With the onset of social media, bullying has risen to new levels of intensity and this intensity can sometimes lead to horrific acts of violence. Shedding light on the consequences of these violent acts and where the violence stems from was my purpose in writing this play. Youth theatre is powerful. And, I believe, it is important to channel that power to educate, inspire and create a dialogue on the “not so simple” subjects that our youth are facing today.” ~ From the Author, Rachel Lopez
As part of the term 2 curriculum students studied the play through script analysis and had the opportunity to see this well written piece of work come to life on stage. Overall it was a great experience for the students and reflecting on the night gave them an opportunity to revisit their personal goals in Drama.
Please also look forward to our own Drama production on the 14th of December, where you will be able to see the students show off their own talents, knowledge and skills in a festival of short plays called “A bunch of plays”. We hope to see you there!
Students who take Spanish courses participated in HS Spanish Comic Competition on October 30th. Students were encouraged to create comic strips relating to their course level from what they have learned in and outside of the class using different websites and/or other tools. Also, students were welcomed to draw and write by hands neatly to expose their artistic skills. Students who participated in this competition used https://www.pixton.com/ and https://app.bookcreator.com/books. Spanish department appreciates all of the great works that participants submitted.
As a result, we have three winners for HS Spanish Comic Competition. First place is Jiyoung Kang, second place is Jun Cho, and third place is Hannah Kwon. Congratulations to all!
You may find our winner’s comic strips. Please enjoy their wonderful works.
The annual CDS Math Competition was very successful this year. Over 50 high school students have participated and four groups made to the final. Winners will be recognised on next week during What’s Up Wednesday. Congratulations to all who participated.
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