Many thanks to Mr. Burton for this video of sports day. Expect a lot move videos and photos to follow next week as they are processed. Hopefully nobody got too sunburnt on what was a great day at CDS!
Last Friday at 4:05pm after Parent-Teacher Conferences the 5th Annual Silent Art Auction ended once again with all pieces sold! In total this year we raised over ₩930,000 for the TNKR (Teach North Korean Refugees) charity- with over ₩600,000 coming from work bought in the Middle School and High School collectively.
This annual event really is one major way our students and staff CDS show that we live up to our motto- "Pioneering to Serve.” Participation and donation of work is 100% voluntary, yet every students turn out, choose to frame and prepare the art to be given up and sold to raise money for charity. Even those who do not submit show their support in bidding on the work of their peers, although they are often outbid by their teachers! And, for the last two year High School volunteers have been stationed at the FP and MS/HS locations in the event to promote and assist parents in making bids.
Throughout this and next artwork is being retrieved and paid for, after which 100% of the proceeds will be handed over to TNKR. Ms. Kim, Ms. Koteje, and Ms. Pantano would like to once again thank the CDS community for helping support us (and TNKR) in another successful auction year. See you next year for the 6th!
Throughout this year CDS students have been involved in collaborations with other international schools in dance performances. These are all student led activities that truly demonstrate the power of personalizable education where students are choosing to develop their own passions and working unbelievably hard to do so. The videos below feature Jungbae Park Jiin Jung and Youjin Lee, but many others are involved in this movement that is bringing exposure to CDS across the international school world in Korea. Thanks to all involved for spreading the Phoenix spirit and bringing entertainment to many.
For Term 4, each of the 11th grade Korean classes put together a short play. Of all the classes, 11A was the first to perform their final product in front of the school. Unlike the other Korean classes, 11A created their play from scratch, which allowed the students to add unique elements of their interest. In their preparation process, the students divided themselves into three groups: the main actors, the production team, and the props team. Each group worked on their specific tasks, and their collective efforts created for a successful final product.
11A’s play revolved around the issue of school bullying. In the play, a new student named Gyuri becomes the subject of school bullying by a gang of girls. Unable to get along with girls, Gyuri surrounds herself with boys. As time progresses, Gyuri is subjected to more intense bullying. The play ends with the narrator questioning the audience after a fight breaks out between the students in the school.
11A’s play was filled with humor, delivering the audience bursts of sporadic laughters. Especially in their opening scene, two boys dressed up as girls became the major source of entertainment for the audience. However, the serious scenes really set the tone of the play, and allowed the actors to deliver the intended message of the play. The well-planned development of the scenes and the impressive acting by the students made clear the problems of school bullying and why we must work together to prevent it. All students in 11A are very happy that their play was able to bring people joy but teach them a lesson at the same time.
After the play, the students shared their experience and how they felt about the play. They said that they learned to take extra responsibility for their specific tasks because the combined efforts of each individual is what makes the whole play successful. Just like a puzzle that can’t be completed without a missing piece, a play requires all members to do their well on their respective jobs. In addition, the students learned that communication is key in obtaining harmony in decision-making processes. To make sure that the decisions made are beneficial for everybody, communication must take place. If they had the chance to perform their play again, the students expressed desire to make it a smoother one. This requires more practice on transitions, lighting, music, which all relate back to the idea of communication between individual students.
This week we will holding AP exam orientations for all students taking AP exams this year. You should bring a 2B pencil and your address in English to 3rd floor Library at the following times.
10th Grade Tuesday 12:10
11th Grade Wednesday
12th Grade Thursday
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On Wednesday evening the National Honor Society gathered in the small theatre to introduce CDS High School to next years 9th grade. It was a productive evening with lots of questions answered and tips given. Thanks to our outstanding NHS for taking part and representing the High School so well.
This time, the CDS gallery hosted the 3rd Annual Invitational Art Exhibition and Contest. Students from both CDS and Seoul American High School participated, and as a result proud and unique pieces are placed in the CDS gallery.
The first place prize went the Heesoo Kwon, a senior in CDS. Her piece references traditional Korea; it includes old Korean money and a plow. There is deeper analysis to it though; her drawing was based on the Korean zodiac gods, more specifically, the cow. In Korea, cow is a symbol of wealth and hard-working. In order to describe such characteristic, she had chosen to paint the coins(which means wealth) and the plow, which would describe the sincerity of the work. Her piece is lively, with real strings that curve around the plow, and her background effectively adding on to the meaning of the piece as a whole.
The second place was won by Yajuin Kang Oh, another senior of CDS. His piece portrays a boy with bloody face and neck; purple hands with a eye cover his face. Although the meaning of the piece is not specifically mention, its uniqueness is shown though vivid colors and the strangeness of the piece. It makes the viewers wonder, what is this piece trying to say? Is it trying to criticize the anti-fans or people in the internet? Does the cover of the face mean anonymity of the Internet? The curiosity is what leaves a deeper impression of the piece to the viewers.
The third place went to Stephen Oh, a junior from the Seoul American High School. His artwork stood out because of the materials he chose to use; the only thing that was to use to draw the piece was pen. The piece is realistic yet extremely, descriptive and vivid. The object in the piece is imaginary - a combination of a insect and reptiles - but the details make the piece look like as if it was real. The pattern of the tortoiseshell and the wing, and shadows are explicit and clear. Those elements make his piece extremely lively.
On Monday lab-time the science national honor society presented an orientation for younger students to help them make decisions about AP Science. They also presented a number of study guides to aid students.
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Hello Students and Parents!
This is Sean Lee, the president of the Science National Honor Society(SNHS).
Many of you guys might not know what this society is. As a matter of fact, many of you guys might not have known that this society even existed!
This is because this society was only founded towards the beginning of this school year.
Anyway, for the past few months, the current members of the SNHS have come together to find a way to contribute to the CDS community.
The idea we decided upon was an orientation for the Science AP (Advanced Placement) courses that are offered at CDS.
The courses are AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics C:Mechanics, and AP Psychology.
Most of our members have taken all of these courses, and all of the members have taken or are taking at least one of these courses.
As a result, we have many tips and strategies that can be extremely useful for students who take these courses in the future.
I strongly encourage the students to come as these tips are extremely useful, and it will help you a ton, for the AP exam in May and for your GPA.
Also, we have personally made study guides that will be extremely useful for these science classes, which will be provided to you if you come.
The date and location is shown below.
Monday, April 9th Lab Time (12:15-12:40)
It's not going to take that long, so please swing by and give the SNHS some of you support!
Also, if you are interested in being part of the SNHS this upcoming school year, please come as we will provide some crucial information for the application process.
*The SNHS is a society that looks great on your college application, especially if you are looking for a career related to science/math/medicine.
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