Past Program

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.

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Program:
Writing Foundation

Sean Meng

Y4, CIS

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.

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Program:
Writing Foundation

John Zhang

Y3, CIS

Meet the Diving Instructor

Students learnt about the ocean, endangered marine species and brainstormed ideas to save them. They were treated to an educational and fun session with Mr. Paul Hodgson, who shared exciting stories about his experience as a professional diver.

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Program:
Writing Foundation

Yelly Choi

P4, Logos Academy

Meet the Diving Instructor

Students learnt about the ocean, endangered marine species and brainstormed ideas to save them. They were treated to an educational and fun session with Mr. Paul Hodgson, who shared exciting stories about his experience as a professional diver.

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Program:
Writing Foundation

Tyler Weisberg

P3, Kiangsu & Chekiang

Meet the Diving Instructor

Students learnt about the ocean, endangered marine species and brainstormed ideas to save them. They were treated to an educational and fun session with Mr. Paul Hodgson, who shared exciting stories about his experience as a professional diver.

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Program:
Writing Foundation

Lucas Zheng

P3, Kiangsu & Chekiang

Meet the Diving Instructor

Students learnt about the ocean, endangered marine species and brainstormed ideas to save them. They were treated to an educational and fun session with Mr. Paul Hodgson, who shared exciting stories about his experience as a professional diver.

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Program:
Writing Foundation

Kathy Fong

P3, SIS

ADVENTURE IN 2010: The WACKIEST TRIP EVER!

Bbring! Hooray! Schools over! I was so excited, because I was going to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Right when I arrived at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I smelled the sweet scent of Butterbeer. Soon, I was looking at all the wands and finally made up my mind to buy Hermoine’s wand. I noticed that people were starting to go into the silverfish and umber-colored castle. As I crept closer, I found out that it was actually a ride, so I begged Mom to take me on it (my brother was too short, so mom had to stay with him in the child swap which is a place where kids who are too short go to wait for their family).

After waiting for quite a while, it was finally our turn, “This is it!” I thought. I had my wand in my coat pocket for protection. The ride was amazing but when I got to the Dementors, that was when things started to get wacky. Let me tell you about it. At first, when I went through the treatment of Floo power, I felt fantastic! But when I went to the Forbidden Forest on my Enchanted Bench things got scary with spiders all over the place (I am terrified of spiders)! The more I looked, the more I realized – the spiders were actually real! I didn’t stop to think, I just grabbed my wand and started casting spells like “Expelliarmus” and “Stupedgy”. And it actually worked! But there was more to come! The next surprise was with the Dementors. The Dementors were black, hooded figures and when you saw them in the wizarding world, the air around you became cold and it seemed like all happiness was gone. The only you could say to get rid of them was “Expecto Patronum” and you had to think of a very happy moment in your life. Now back to the scene. The Dementors were real, just like the spider, so I cast the spell and drove them out of the castle.

After the ride ended I hurried out and ran to the child swap. My mom went on the ride by herself and after she finished I told her all about my adventure. She just laughed at me sarcastically. Oh well, if she didn’t believe me, who would? I decided to just keep my mouth shut.

That night, the stars were shining brightly. As I lay in bed, I thought about the stupendous expedition that I encountered. I would remember it my whole life. 

Program:
Writing Foundation

Hannah Szeto

P4, Diocesan Girls’ Junior School

Super Cyclone

Last night at 4: 52 am, with no warning, in the city of Niseko, a huge tornado tore roofs of 400 houses (including schools, hospitals etc.). About 67 lives lost and 89 still missing. Angry men and women were protesting in the road, because of the loss of their children. They complained that the schools had no bomb shelters, even the police could barely stop them!

Today at 6:00 am, the tornado triggered a 450 foot tall tidal wave hitting Hokkaido and killed at least 600 people and 60 people are still buried under the rubble.6hours later, a huge landslide came down Sapporo and crushed 40 houses. Luckily, no human lives were lost, but a little dog and a cat were found dead deep below the rocks.

According to scientists, tornados form from thunderstorms, hot air and cold air mixes together. The hot air turns into a spiral and the cool air gets pushed out and creates a tornado. This is called a mesocyclone, the mesocyclone hits the ground and the tornado is formed. People are panicking because this is the worst tornado, because it is so rare in Japan, the speed is 400 kph! In history, the fastest is only 100 kph, so this is the not only the biggest in Japan, but in the world!

Many heroic moments and miracles came out of this disaster. This morning at 7:00, in a collapsed building, there were children who survived the storm. Inside the arms of a dead mother, there lay a son, about 7, and his baby sister, approximately 6 months old. They said their mother held their hands and ran. The floor was giving away. When the floor was just steady enough the ceiling fell. The mother used her body to protect her children and sacrificed her life.

A few blocks down, a 12 year old boy saved a baby by lifting up a flipped over car.

Just when the tornado left, we received messages at the mega storm center, from New York. The Super Cyclone passing their way! I don’t agree that the Japan Saving Center had to be in Hokkaido. The helicopters are weak, 17 of the strongest helicopters left today at 6: 11 and have not returned.

I realized that no mater how strong we are, nature can wipe us out easily. 

Program:
Writing Foundation

Zachary Yu

G3, The ISF Academy

Meet the Restaurant Owner

SIFT RESTAURANT REVIEW

The restaurant, Sift, was cleverly perched on a hill, and by the time I climbed up, I was already exhausted. Grateful to have sat down, the menu seemed doubly pleasing. I ordered a cupcake ($22), and while waiting, the simple, yet pleasing décor attracted me. The ambient lighting and paintings really fit the time of the restaurant. The sight of other customers quietly enjoying their food gave me a lot to look forward to.

I found the service polite and not overpowering, unlike some restaurants who want you to order and finish your meal as fast as possible. After asking for water, the polite waitress was eager – almost rushed – to get me water. It was quite a surprise, as water is considered a precious commodity in some places. Once the cupcake arrived, I was surprised by the level of detail and effort put into the cupcake, with soft icing on top of a soft cupcake. I liked how the icing and cupcake tasted separately, but they didn’t go well together, as they were both too sweet and soft, and the cupcake was nearly crushed in my hand. However, the pure air and the ambient design really made the cupcake taste better than if, say, I took it to-go and ate it outside. I also ordered a shiitake hibiscus ice cream (25 million yen, or $25), which was ice cream with shiitake flavor, topped with hibiscus petals. It was really good, especially how the soft hibiscus petals supplemented the hard “shiitake” flavor of the ice cream. As with the cupcake, there was also an amazing amount of detail put into the shiitake ice cream, with shiitake sprinklings all over the ice cream. Cleverly placed golden pearls made an angry face (or a smiley face depending on which way you looked at it). The finesse of the ice cream was incredible, and I was amazed by how quickly they served it. The service truly is top notch. 

The restaurant was run by a woman named Jennifer. She started the restaurant after studying at Harvard and culinary school; she was even the apprentice of the legendary Thomas Keller. She has opened 5 other dessert restaurants, and she herself monitors over them.

Despite the sky high prices, I really enjoyed the restaurant, and for those of you who aren’t sure if a $150 corkage fee is worth it, just try the shiitake hibiscus ice cream; it’s worth it. I also really like the ambient décor of the restaurant, which is almost like an appetizer by itself. My only complaints were that the cupcake was too sweet, and the shiitake ice cream had too much shiitake on it.

Program:
Writing Enrichment & Advancement

William Sun

G8, Elsa High School

Run a Tea Stand with Teakha

NEW EXPERIENCES

Many entrepreneurs around the world are known for their great wealth and their large sum of donations to charity, but through this course, we have been in the roles of entrepreneurs for the cause of charity. The final event, or test (I like to call it), will take place tomorrow, July 23rd, on Saturday from 3-5pm. The cause for the rescheduled day is due to the uncertainty of weather throughout the course of the week. In order to be guided by our sponsor, Nana of the Limehouse, we will be stationed on Ship Street, adjacent to Queen’s Road East. The children of Leap Studio will work as advertisers, cashiers, and salesman in order to learn about starting a business, including pricing, design layout, and salesmanship. The proceeds will be donated to Kun Pun Charity, where the money will be used for the victims of the Qing Hai earthquake to help rebuild their lives. Sales include cookies and iced tea to accommodate both the weather and customer taste.

In order to prepare for this day, we split into several groups, and as the oldest, I was assigned as 1 of 2 leaders in my group. Being a leader was a new and eye-opening experience for me as I’ve grown up being the youngest in everything – family, friends; there wasn’t any scenario where I wasn’t the sidekick or the child looking up to the older people around me. However, when I stepped into Leap, being the oldest by almost a year, it began a new experience for me. Suddenly, kids were attempting to imitate me; they asked me for advice, and they thought I was amazing. They looked up to me, and they even called me old. Never have the roles in my life been like that. Surprisingly, I had a lot more trouble than I had imagined, but still, I felt I’ve done a pretty good job for a first time and realized being a leader for classmates of your age is much different from leading children who looked up to you.

The experience was, all in all hectic, but I’ve enjoyed it. I felt, in comparison to many of the other groups, we were very organized, and as a group, did very well in working together and communicating despite the age and liveliness of my underlings, partially due to my newfound leadership. However, what we could’ve done better is all pulling the same amount of effort, as at times people got lazy. I hope tomorrow (the final round) will be even better, and I realized that I am quite thankful for our reschedule, as I think the time allowed us more/better experience. 

Program:
Writing Enrichment & Advancement

Natasha Chyi

G7, Hong Kong International School