Past Program

Writing Foundation: Descriptive Writing

Students were taught:

  • Techniques for Descriptive Writing: adjectives, similes, descriptive words, sentence variety adding details
  • How to start an essay with a "hook"
  • The structure of an essay and components of each paragraph
  • Different ways to eleborate an essay
Writing Foundation: Descriptive Writing
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Writing Foundation

Gloria Zhang

Peak School, Y5

Sociology of Deviance & Crime

In this class, students learned about the sociological theories for why crime exists in society. They also learned that crimes are not necessarily deviant, and acts of deviance are not necessarily criminal. Students also participated in a debate, in which they analyzed several case studies and defended the innocence of their respective defendants.


World Issues

Students engaged in deep discussion regarding several world issues, most notably animal poaching, institutionalized racism, and global warming. Each student was given the opportunity to present their ideas on how to solve these issues. They quickly learned that not all issues are easily solved, and this often result in students disagreeing or arguing with each other. The point of the class was to show that no one person can solve all of the world's problem, and that the best solution is for everyone to come together and engage in open discussion. Sometimes, it's not about finding the right answer, but the best answer.

World Issues


European History

Students took part in an activity called the Dot Game. Students were given a piece of paper that either had a dot or not dot on it, and they were asked to interact and question each other to figure out which student had a dot on their paper. This resulted in lots of finger pointing and unrestrained accusations, which was the perfect recreation of the Witch Craze in Europe. Students learned that it didn't take much evidence or even logic to accuse and punish someone for being a witch.


Meet the Architect

In this module, students examined the role of an architect, learnt about famous architects and their architecture. Students met a professional architect and worked on a floor plan that replicates a real life challenge faced by the architect.


Do you ever wonder who is behind all of the fabulous skyscrapers in New York? It’s the great Thomas, aged 31! Thomas works for a company called Thunder Tyrants. He got this name from Thunderclan which is a clan from the imaginary book “Warrior: Clan Cats”. Thomas had invented a 160-storey triangular skyscraper. Thomas has also built the 400-storey shopping mall, breaking the world record! Right now, Thomas is building a 1000-storey high apartment near the White House. The president, Tom J. Jacob had ordered Thomas to do this. Thomas is an architect and he lives in New Zealand, even though he plans the skyscrapers in New York.

An architect plans how tall a building is, how wide it is and how comfortable it is. Thomas works starting from 9:00am-10:00pm. He works in a white room that has a few decorations: 1 table, 3 chairs and 1 sofa. It also has a small bookcase that has 20 books in it; 10 books about being a good architect, 5 fiction books and 5 books about art and music. The white room is also Thomas’s home, so it also has a bed and a TV. There’s also a fridge and 2 bags. Thomas has a servant called Ms. Chu Chu train. He wears normal clothes to work and also when he’s free. He wears a construction suit when he visits the site so he doesn’t have to worry if it gets dirty.

The most interesting thing I learnt about architects was you have to work hard to achieve what you want. One challenge for the architect is he has to concentrate on his job e.g. the architect’s favourite TV show is on when he’s supposed to be making blueprints. You have to be patient, brainy and be able to oversee a lot of thing. You also need to have a lot of details, think thoughtfully and know how to invent something new to be good at this job.


Adrian Hui


Refugee Run with Crossroads

For final output, students reinforced their learning through designing a product or service that can transform and empower the lives of vulnerable refugees.

Refugee Run with Crossroads


Claudio Woo

Y1, German Swiss International School

Organic Farming with Herboland

Students wrote a thank you letter to the founders of Herboland, who gave our students a tour of the organic garden, baked cookies with them and taught them about the interesting facts of different plants.

Dear Gary and Gavin,

Before I visited Herboland, I learnt about factory farming, organic farms and processed foods and I also went to two fruit stores. Factory farming was created in 1950 by big companies that wanted to earn more money. I don’t support factory farming because the animals cannot move around and they are cruel to the animals. Organic farming was created in 1930. Organic farms do not use pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Conventional farming uses pesticides and chemical fertilizers. I support organic farms because it is healthier than conventional farms.

The field trip was very exciting. My favorite part of the day were making cookies and making my leaf book. I made the cookies with rosemary, cinnamon and baking powder.

I want Herboland to have better security and have air con.




David Yeung


Run a Tea Stand with Teakha

Students wrote a reflective piece after preparing and running their own tea stands. The students raised over $6000 for Kunpen Charity, dedicated to help Yushu’s Tibetan herding population.


Earthquakes often happen around the world. When disaster struck in Qinghai in 2008, thousands of residents were left homeless and moneyless. Abandoned, helpless children trudged around the deserted ruins, pausing only to wipe their tear-stained faces. Amidst the destruction, a bloody hand shot out briefly, only to be covered by the rubble again.

EcoProject tries to help these poor victims of the earthquake by asking people to donate money to help bring back business to Qinghai. By baking cookies and selling them at a fair price, we can lend a hand too.

My role in this Charity Bake Sale was to be a leader. With two maniacal 6 year olds under my supervision, this wasn’t an easy job. Every few seconds, they would giggle at my teammates’ pathetic jokes or start dancing around. But, we still managed to make some posters, send some emails, and practice our role play.During these crazy five days with my team, I learnt some pretty fascinating facts:

Ryan Lee insists on people calling him Orange.

Ryan Au is the tallest of the group. And he’s 10 years old.

Estrella and Gabriella are really un-talkative.

Abraham, who’s 6 years old, can play a Chinese flute. What’s a Chinese flute, exactly?

Benjamin, who’s 6 years old too, already knows how to play the piano.

I really look forward to selling our scrumptious cookies on Saturday! 


Jae Lamb



Win [win] verb: To gain the victor.

“Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.”

Every day, victors and losers live among us, competing in simple everyday activities. Sometimes, the result could mean a small bet, maybe ten to twenty dollars, yet a similar situation’s results could be huge, where the result of a victory could mean the beginning or end of a career. Yet no matter what we do in our lives, competition is what fuels us, and winning is the only way for us to improve and get better, to gain an upper hand in our lives. With winners there are always losers, and from losing, we can always learn from our mistakes. Yet losing only appears from a result of a victory, as win-win situations are impossible to achieve. Through determining victors, we can discover the values of discipline, teamwork, moral values, as well as learning from our mistakes after taking a difficult loss. Winning will always drive us to improve, and winning is “the only thing”

Win [win] verb: To get by effort, as through labor, competition, or conquest.

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

These words came from Michael Jordan, six time NBA champion, oftentimes known as the greatest athlete to set foot on the Earth. His discipline and hard work is shown on the basketball court. Every day during practice, Jordan would arrive 3 hours earlier, just to get a head start on his teammates, to practice to get better. Every night after practice was over, Jordan would yet again stay another three hours, mastering the skills that he had learnt earlier that day. Considered to be his apprentice Kobe Bryant follows the same work ethic. Every summer, Kobe would perform what he calls the “Blackout Workout”. He would work himself to the limit, running laps and shooting jump shots, until as the name suggests, he blacks out. The hard work of these two men allowed them to share eleven NBA championships between them, as their success can only be result of their hard work and their passion to win for the game. NBA legend Larry Bird possessed the same attitude as well. He sought to win against his greatest rival Earvin “Magic” Johnson, as hard work allowed his Boston Celtics to win the championship against Magic’s Los Angeles Lakers in 1984. Whenever one of his teammates wouldn’t be working to their fullest in practice, Larry would constantly be there chiding them, forcing them to improve upon themselves. Yet the results were clear, as the Celtics increased their workload and practice time, their results as players and as a team significantly rose, as Larry Bird’s Celtics were able to grab three NBA titles in six years. Larry’s thirst and determination to win was driven through hard work and discipline. To Larry, winning is the only thing, as his competitive eagerness drives him to work harder. There had been one game in 1986 when Bird had fractured the muscle in his eye, giving him double vision for the remainder of the game. Knowing that the team wouldn’t succeed without him, and fueled by his hunger to win, he never told his coach about the injury until the end of the game after he had sealed the win with a three-pointer to give the Celtics a ten point lead. Hard work always gets you somewhere, and as these three men have shown, their hard work has allowed their teams to be considered some of the greatest teams assembled, as well as these three men considered to be some of the greatest basketball legends since the inauguration in 1947, victors and winners in their own field.

Win [win] verb: To succeed in a team activity.

“The achievements of an organization are the results of a combined effort of each individual.”

NFL coach Vince Lombardi proclaimed these words after he led his Green Bay Packers to victory in 1960. Individuals win the regular season, but teamwork wins champions. This well-known motto of the NBA surges through the association, with the past seven MVP (Most Valuable Player) award winners not winning the championship in their respective years. There is no “I” in “Team” and to win is to also teach the values of teamwor, allowing the many teams in the sporting industry to win. Wilt Chamberlain was an NBA player living in the 1960s who spent the majority of his time trying to break records throughout the regular season, yet because of his selfish individualistic ideology, he had only been able to grab two titles in his hand, both of them at the end of his career, when he had finally been able to grasp his concept of a team. Meanwhile, his biggest rival Bill Russell was able to capture eleven NBA championships, allowing his Boston Celtics to then set NBA records as well, yet still incorporate the team game. During a blocked shot, Wilt would try to spike the ball as far as he could, as pleasing the audience was his main focus. Russell on the other hand, would lightly swat the ball to his teammates, to allow further opportunities to advance the basketball. Russell was known for his thirst to win, as to him, winning was the only thing. Because the Celtics were missing a coach late in Russell’s career, to fuel his team to win, he served as a player-coach, winning two championships in the process, while both playing and coaching simultaneously. After the peak of his career, he was able to explain that his success came only because he had learnt from winning the true values of teamwork.

Win [win] verb: To gain through fair means.

“The only way you can truly control how you are seen is to be honest all the time.”

Although he never played or participated in professional sports, two-time Oscar award winner Tom Hanks obviously knows what he’s talking about. “I never want to win unjustly; I always want to win the right way”. During tennis matches, when tennis professional Rafael Nadal knows that there is a wrong call, even to his disadvantage, he would always correct the linesmen to know that he would win fairly. With five French Open titles, Nadal obviously cares deeply about winning, but he knows that even though winning is the only thing, one must do so in a fair and just manner. The 1980s Detroit Pistons were known as “The Bad Boys”, as their rough and tough play was unappreciated by players and fans alike. It’s obvious why they never won, as to win taught values of sportsmanship and moral ethics, values that they obviously did not possess. Even in 1991, when Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls beat Isaiah Thomas and “The Bad Boys” in a tough six-game-series, the final moments of the Game 6 Bulls blowout win resulted in “The Bad Boys” walking off the court without congratulating the other team. Sportsmanship is a result of winning and losing, as only through your successes and failures can you display your qualities of sportsmanship. Wayne Rooney of the team Manchester United spends a vast amount of his time learning how to perform somersaults to perform after scoring goals, yet his Manchester United team have not held the European Cup since his arrival in the early twenty-first century. His time that could be spent on learning the values of sportsmanship to allow him to win are wasted on elaborate celebration schemes and complaining calls to the referees. Obviously, winning is not high on his agenda, as Rooney has been considered a failure for a substantial amount of time throughout his career. These values of sportsmanship all come from succeeding and winning as people understand that to win hard, you have to play hard, and succeed through the caring and empathy of the others around you.

Win [win] verb: To achieve success.

“Winning is not a sometimes thing, it is an always thing.”

Discipline, Teamwork, Value. All of these qualities are forged through the experiences of winning. Without these values today, how would our society be able to succeed and allow the human race to be where we are today? Every day people win and lose, and through these successes or failures learn more about themselves as well as society. Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. 

Writing Enrichment

Cameron Zeluck

Y10, CIS

X’mas Workshop 2011 – Short Story Writing

X’mas Workshop 2011 – Short Story Writing
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Writing Workshop

Abe Luk

G4, Discovery Bay School