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Young Reporters ♦ Athletic Department Update ♦ On the Bulletin Board 小记者 ♦ 体育部更新 ♦ 公告栏

BIBS talk The Official Magazine for Beanstalk International Bilingual School

June 2012

Year 2, Issue 3

A Window to the World

Beijing, People’s Republic of China - 北京,中国

世界 之窗 Last April, BIBS’s Primary School celebrated Multi-cultural Day, bringing the world to our school. Now, we take a trip around the world, Sharing favorite vacations spots in china and abroad, plus recipes from around the globe.

四月,青苗小学举办了“多元文化日”活 动,向全校师生展示了世界多元文 化的魅力!


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BIBStalk is the official magazine for Beanstalk International Bilingual School. It is a collaborative effort between, teachers, students, parents and administrators. BIBStalk 是青苗国际双语学校的官方杂志。这 是在教师、学生、家长以及学校管理者共同 努力的结晶。 Project Leader • 杂志负责人: Hazel Sellar Head Editor • 总编: Peter Mothe Photo Editor & Head Photographer • 摄影编辑&总摄影师: Chris Tataryn Publications Committee • 出版委员会: Jennifer Hsieh, Carol Kim, Nate Ruhter, Chris Tataryn, and Peter Mothe Contributing Writers • 撰稿人 : Andrew Sobol, Mick Haward, Nate Ruhter, Peter Mothe, Barbara Mui, Young Reporters • 小记者:

Dohyun (Rex) Kim (2ES), Aidan Teo (2ES), Molly Han (3AJ), Christine Li (3AJ), Audrey Pan (3AJ), Isabella Han (3AJ), Emma Liu (3AJ), Leo Li (3MP), Helen Wu (4AF), Amanda Zhang (4AF), Angela Wang (4AF), Winnie Zhang (4AF), Andrew Liu (5GF), Abigail Lumilan (5GF)


Bibsology 专题报道 BIK

Pictorial: BIK Sports Day

青苗幼儿园 Cover Story 封面故事 Sports


Multicultural Day Pictorial Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Destinations Traveller’s Log: The Pehrentian Islands Foodie Corner: Global Edition Perspectives by Beanstalk’s YR


Sports Day Special Photos and updates from our Athletic Director, Andrew Sobol.

On the Bulletin Board 公告栏 Senior Schools



Translator • 翻译: April Liu 刘杰 Layout Design • 布局设计: Peter Mothe

Principal’s Address and Editor’s Letter BIBS News Curriculum Corner Young Reporters pieces

Reception Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 BIBS First Graduating Class I Love English Art work





June 2012

BIBS talk Principal’s End of the Year Address


s this school year is coming to a close I look back at the year through the past editions of our wonderful, exciting and informative magazine - BIBStalk. BIBStalk keeps everyone informed about what is happening in and around the school and where we are headed in the future. It has also been a vehicle for our staff and students to write and share their skills and knowledge in different areas. It highlights the milestones and the positives at our school. This academic year of 2011- 2012 has been, as always, an eventful year at Beanstalk International Bilingual School. The Stanford results have made us very proud. Many of our students scored well above average, with some attaining Post High School levels in English and Mathematics. This year our annual Spring Show was outstanding under the Direction of Miss Crystal and ably supported by the staff. The music, costumes, lighting, sound and flow of the performance was at par with any professional performance group. Congratulations to all performers and staff! The Student Council under the leadership and guidance of Miss Arjee continues to positively impact upon the quality of so many lives while teaching our students the value of service for those that are not as privileged. The Student Council organized a used book sale and the proceeds were donated to “Care for Children”. They also planned a “Used Goods’ Drive” for a rural public school in Tongde County National Boarding School in Qing Hai. A truckload of clothes, toys and books were donated to help this school. They also organized a fun and educational “Multicultural Day” that culminated with an exciting performance by a Samoan dance group. The biggest achievement for the Student Council has been the establishment of a full recycling center. We would like to say, “Thank you Student Council for leading our school this year in a positive and caring way.” Once again our Sport’s Teams did us proud. Their hard work and dedication resulted in many wins. The teams brought back plaques, trophies and medals while competing in Soccer, Handball, Table Tennis, T-Ball, Soft Ball, Badminton and Track and Field. Congratulations to all these athletes. A thank you to Mr. Andrew and his team of coaches for giving their time and experience to help our students compete successfully in these team events. The Celebration of Learning which was started last year under the guidance of our PYP Coordinator, Ms. Anoo Choudhuri was again a wonderful and rewarding experience for our parents. Parents experienced their child’s educational journey at BIBS. They were led and guided by their child as they shared their learning experiences throughout the year. The Celebration of Learning reinforces and reflects the strength and importance our inquiry based curriculum has in the success of our students at Beanstalk. I hope everyone will enjoy our final magazine of the school year. From everyone at BIBS we wish you the best summer possible and look forward to seeing you in the fall. 在本学年即将结束之际,我重新打开我们学校往期的BIBStalk杂志,每一本杂志都是精彩的、振奋人心的、富于教育意义 的。 BIBStalk杂志为不仅为每个人提供了校内校外发生的各类事件的信息,也展示了学校未来的发展方向。同时,杂志还是学校 员工和学生们分享他们不同领域的知识和技巧的平台。它记录了学校发展中的里程碑和重大有意义的事件。 2011-2012学年跟往年一样是一个丰富多彩的学年。斯坦福测试结果让我们非常自豪。我校大部分学生的成绩高于平均水 平,有些学生甚至在英语和数学测试中达到了高中学生的水平。 今年,我们的年度春季演出在Miss Crystal指导和其他员工的配合下完成的非常出色。音乐、服装、灯光、音响以及孩子们 的表演都达到了专业水准。祝贺所有参加表演的孩子们以及教职员工们! 在Miss Arjee的领导下,学校的学生会继续致力于提高更多人的生活质量以及引导学生帮助需要帮助的人。学生会组织了一 次“旧书义卖活动”,所得善款全部捐赠给了“关爱儿童委员会”。他们还筹备了为青海省同德县寄宿制小学捐赠衣物、书籍、 玩具等物品的慈善捐赠活动。大批捐赠的衣物、玩具和书籍帮助这所学校的学生度过了一个温暖的、满怀希望的冬天。他们还组 织了一次非常有意义的“多元文化日”活动。在活动中, Samoan舞蹈组合演出了精彩舞蹈。学生会最大的成就是他们建立了一个 完整的回收中心。我们想要说:“感谢学生会引导学校朝着节约和循环利用的方向前进。” 我校的体育代表队又一次让我们欢欣鼓舞。他们的辛勤训练和奉献精神最终为他们带来了多次的胜利。代表队们从足球、手 球、乒乓球、棒球、垒球、羽毛球以及田径比赛中带回了各种奖牌、奖杯。我们向所有运动员表示祝贺,同时感谢Mr. Andrew和他 的教练队伍将他们的时间和经验奉献给孩子,帮助他们在各项比赛中取得优异成绩。 青苗学习成果展示活动自去年在PYP协调员Ms. Anoo Choudhuri的指导下开始举办。一如往昔,今年的活动对于家长们来说 是一次精彩的、值得纪念的经历。在活动中,家长们由自己的孩子引导着分享他们整学年的学习经历,充分感受着孩子们在青苗 的学习旅程。学习成果展示加强了和反应了我校的探究性课程对于孩子发展的重要性。 我希望大家能够喜欢本学年最后一期青苗杂志。 青苗全体员工祝大家暑假快乐,希望能在秋天再见!”

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Elementary School Principal

June 2012

BIBS talk A Window to the World


his issue of the BIBStalk marks the end of the school year for us here at BIBS. Students, parents, teachers, and administrators all contributed in the making of this issue, and we do believe that this is the most complete issue of our magazine so far. This issue looks to celebrate our multiculturalism and international mindedness. On our Cover Story section, you will find pictures from Multicultural Day, an event held at the BIBS Primary School in May, as well as a special section of our favorite holiday destinations from around the world! Also, the PTA provides us with wonderful recipes from around the globe to delight our tastebuds. Expect to find more wonderful work by our Young Reporters, who work hard every week to inform the BIBS community of what is going on in our school. It has been fantastic working with so many hard-working students throughout the year! They can all be proud of their progress and achievements, and all have the potential to pursue a career in journalism if they so desire! The Senior School section contains Art work and memories from BIBS’s first graduating students! Congratulations to the first graduating class in Beanstalk’s history, the Class of 2012! The June issue also contains all of our traditional sections. Find the work of our primary school students in the On the Bulletin Board section, and Sports Day pictures and updates on our Giants teams, on the Athletics Department section. On a closing note: when we started this magazine back in December of 2010 our goal was to help bring the BIBS community together. Although there is more progress to be made in this department, I do believe that we have achieved our goal. The BIBStalk is now an important part of our school, and I hope that more members of our community will participate in it next year. Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has helped in the making of the BIBStalk this year. I will be leaving Beijing to go back to Argentina in July, but I know our magazine will be left in good hands. Best wishes to all and have a great summer holiday!

本期杂志的出版标志着青苗本学年即将结束。学生、家长、教师以及行政人员都对本期杂志都 做出了贡献,我们相信这是自杂志创刊以来最完备的一期。 本期杂志旨在彰显青苗的多元文化以及国际化氛围。在封面故事部分,您将看到五月在青苗小 学举办的多元文化日的照片,以及“全球我们最爱的度假胜地”的特别章节。另外,家校联合会还 为我们提供了世界各地的特色美食食谱。 小记者们一直致力于每周为大家报道青苗正在发生的事情,我们期待他们提供更多优秀的作 品。和这样一群辛勤工作的孩子们共事是非常美好的事情!他们应该为自己的成长和成绩自豪,如 果他们以后想成为一名记者,他们已经具备了足够的潜力。 在初/高中部部分,有青苗第一届高中毕业生的艺术作品以及他们在青苗的记忆。祝贺青苗历史 中第一届高中毕业生——2012届毕业生! 六月份杂志依然保留了惯例性的部分。布告栏部分展示了小学学生的学习成果,体育部分刊载 了运功会的照片和我校Giants队的新进展。 2010年12月杂志创刊时,我们的目标是帮助青苗更好的团结为一个整体。尽管还有很多需要改 进的地方,我坚信我们已经实现了我们最初的目标。青苗杂志现在已经成为学校的重要组成部分, 我希望更多的成员能够参与到下学年的杂志制作中来。 最后,我想向本学年为青苗杂志做出贡献的各位朋友表示感谢。7月份我即将离开北京返回阿根 廷,但是我知道我们的杂志将一如既往的进行下去。 祝大家度过一个愉快的暑假!

Peter Mothe,

Head Editor and Layout Design

总编 & 布局设计

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Curriculum Corner

A Celebration of By Anoo Choudhuri, PYP Coordinator


uthor Seth Godin writes, “If there’s information that can be recorded, widespread digital access now means that just about anyone can look it up. We don’t need a human being standing next to us to lecture us on how to find the square root of a number.” Given this argument, it can mean that anyone can learn anything anywhere anytime and access to advanced technology increases the efficiency of the learning market by lowering barriers to knowledge acquisition. By itself, this “any thing/place/time” learning will not take learners to the next level. Neither will the school of thought that the primary purpose of teaching is to “stand and deliver”. BIBS Celebration of Learning recognises that we have the responsibility of unlocking the potential of every student because the world needs more leaders, problem-finders, and rulebreakers. We believe that we are perfectly positioned to take on this challenge to ensure that every student graduates ready to think, inquire, explore, create, and take initiative. At BIBS we foster creativity, perseverance, and empathy. BIBS Celebration of learning showcases the work of our students as they inquire, make, experiment, collaborate, question, and embrace both success and failure as an opportunity to learn. It also provides a platform that



Learning fosters, nurtures and develops skills like creativity, perseverance, responsibility and empathy. In a world where sheer volume and accessibility of information is growing exponentially students learn about how different contents connect with their own in authentic and m eaningful ways. Through voice and inquiry, students at BIBS have more power in their learning environment. Students move from structured to guided to open inquiry that empower them to take major ownership of their learning. BIBS Celebration of Learning gives you a peek into not only how the students’ show their learning, but how they spend their time moving towards these learning goals. BIBS Celebration of Learning focus’s on the students as they show their knowledge in different ways. The students’ works from the various Units of Inquiry has real world relevance and provide contexts to connect their lives to the work. BIBS Celebration of Learning highlights the skills of critical thinking, collaboration and communication. In the spirit of “Love, Care and Support” of our young learners in their quest of learning, we hope you enjoyed this important milestone in your child’s educational journey as much as we did putting it together.

学习成果 展示 作家Seth Godin写道:“如果信 息可以记录,通过数字化广泛传播, 这意味着每个人可以查找到这个信 息。我们不需要身边任何一个人教导 我们如何计算一个数字的平方根。” 鉴于这种观点,可能意味着任何人可 以在任何时间任何地点学习任何内 容,并能够通过降低获取知识的壁垒 获取先进的技术,从而提高学习效 率。 就其本身来说,“任何事物/地 点/时间”的学习并不会提高学习者 的学习水平。学校也不认为教学的主 要目的是“为人师表”。通过青苗的 学习成果展示我们意识到,我们有责 任致力于激发每一位学生的潜能,因 为这个世界需要更多的领导者、问题 解决者和打破规则的人。我们相信, 我们正在很好的应对这一挑战,我们 能够保证每位学生在毕业时已经准备 好去思考、去探究、去开发、去创造 以及积极主动地面对生活。 在青苗,我们培养学生的创造 力、坚持力和同情心。青苗学习庆典 展现了学生们在探究、制作、实验、 合作、提问以及成功或者失败时的各 种场景。庆典还为培养、发展学生的 创造、坚持、责任以及同情心提供了 平台。 总之,伴随着信息量的增长, 学生们通过各种方式学习到了与他们 自己相关的知识内容。通过表达和探 究,学生们从封闭学习逐渐开始了开 放式的探究学习,青苗学生在学习中 获得了更多主动权。在青苗学习庆典 中,您不只能看到孩子们如何展示他 们的学习成果,您还将看到他们是如 何一步步实现他们的学习目标。 青苗学习庆典聚焦于学生,聚焦 于学生展示他们通过不同的途径获得 的知识。学生们在各种探究学习单元 中完成的作品都与现实世界有很大关 联,能够与实际生活相互联系。青苗 学习庆典更重视批判性思考、协作以 及交流技巧的培养和运用。 在对学生“爱、关怀和支持”的 精神指引下,我们希望您能充分享受 您的孩子在学习旅程中的这一重要里 程碑。


Literacy Week By Amanda Zhang, Young Reporter


iteracy Week was an event held at BIBS between April 21st and April 25th in which we celebrated reading and writ-

BIBS Celebrates Numeracy Week

By Andrew Liu, Young Reporter


umeracy week was held on the week of May 21st 2012. It was mainly about celebrating math and and improving interest for students in our school, convincing them to enjoy learning mathematics. Students were persuaded to wear their clothes that are required so they can earn house points. “I like it,” said Aidan a second grade student. We started off the first day wearing clothes with a pattern. In my opinion, it was good to start off with such a pattern, because I think it is always good to start something basic at first, and slowly becoming advanced and interesting. That was exactly how the development of the week went, developing from basic to advanced. During that day, I noticed how the team point reward rule made a huge impact and effect to the program population involvement. I thought that it was smart of the school to do such a thing, rewarding pupils team points when achieving their goals of wearing required clothes. It really got lots of people involved. On the second day, we were told to wear clothes with shapes. Like what I said, it started to become more interesting than the first day, getting more people involved in the program and improving interest in math. There were pupils wearing triangle hats, shirts with squares on them and all kinds of creative and special things, looking extremely outstanding.

Now that it was the third day and requirements changed, obviously. We were required to wear clothing with numbers on them. Many people wore t-shirts from sports stars while some other wore prisoner uniforms with numbers on them. Numbers day was actually quite hilarious. On Thursday, it was triplets day, which required hard preparation as pupils had to discuss if others had the same clothing they had. Many people tried their best but weren’t able to succeed wearing the same costume as others. Some other students managed to wear their school uniforms and cheat, telling the teacher to add team points for being triplets with people who did not participate. When it finally came to Friday, we were convinced to wear our team color shirts to celebrate the competition of team that won or had the most team points gained over the week. Lots of people were excited to the final results, and the results were Water team coming in first, Fire team in second, Earth that came third, and Wind coming in last for some unfortunate events. “It was kind of interesting,” said a student who wished to remain anonymous. Overall, I think that this week held for numeracy, is worth for all our appreciation. This program has improved interest of Beanstalk students in math and numeracy.

ing. We did special things for Literacy week! Students made book-covers and bookworms. Grade Four also made a poster to say that literacy is very important. Every morning, the morning announcements had a game that showed a part of a story by speaking, and students had to guess what the story was. One of the most interesting parts was the book-cover competition. For this competition each class drew a book’s front page on a big sheet of paper, and stuck it on their classroom door. Finally the teachers worked out which class did the best. They announced the winners on Friday assembly. I asked one of the students in grade four, Winnie: “Do you agree that teachers compare classes in each grade to work out what class did the best?” “No!” said Winnie. “Because that will break the friendship between classes!” I asked one of the teachers at BIBS- Mr. M: “Did you like Literacy Week? Why?” “Yes, I liked it!” said Mr. M. “Because it made students think about reading. And I think reading is extremely important and anything that can make students think about books is good” “How you feel about the Literacy Week?” I asked. “I felt it was a success! I liked it!” Mr. M said. We had a very special assembly on the Friday of the Literacy Week. Drama Club presented a fabulous show with the excellent director-- Ms. Crystal. I was the one of the actors (narrator). When we werere doing the show on the stage I felt it was a success. I saw students who were watching us were laughing during the funny scenes and clapped for the show. I asked one of the parents that watched the show: “Did you like the Ginger Bread Man show?” “Yes, I liked it,” she answered. Literacy Week was a good week for learning literacy. It’s good for students to think about reading and have fun!

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Searching for a Sofa Solution Students want to sit in the inside sofas during recess, but teachers won’t let them. What do you think? By Angela Wang, Young Reporter


any people want to sit on the inside sofa to read a book or play iPad, but they will usually chased out by one or two teachers. Why can’t we sit on the inside sofa durning recess? People who want to sit inside have this question. Teachers Ms. Anne and Mr.M give us these answers. “Imagine if everyone sat inside what will it be? If they want to sit, why don’t you sit outside sofa,” said Ms, Anne. Mr.M agreed. “There are no teacher supervisors there and a lot of peo-

ple come in to the school through the lobby,” he said. “Student should not be lounging at the school entrance.” But some students and parents don’t agree with that. A parent said “We send our child to this school because here

The Monkey Bar Dilemma Students discuss the decision of whether or not they should be able to sit on the monkey bars. ■ By Winnie Zhang, Young Reporter ■ Images by Helen Wu


ost girls love monkey bars. They like to climb up there and look far away, or sit up there having a little break. But last month something happened that made the girls cry. Because students often fall down off the monkey bars and get hurt, Mr. Weeks said nobody could sit it again. We frowned, and our teacher felt sorry for us too. I wanted to know why this decision was made, so I interviewed Mr. Weeks. “Why do you think that nobody should sit on the monkey bars? Even the higher grades?” I asked him. “Because I think the monkey bars should be used for climbing and for some exercise, not for sitting on,” he answered. Then I asked him “Do you think this a good way to solve the ‘people falling down’ problem?” Mr. Weeks said “Yes, because it is fair to all students in BIBS.”



After that, I asked my friend Amanda if she thinks it was a way to solve the problem. She said “No, because the students who fell down were from a lower grade. And it’s not our fault that he or she fell down, so just make sure it’s fair to the upper grades.” Different people have different answers too. When I asked my friend Wayne the same question I asked Mr. Weeks and Amanda, he said “Yeah , it’s a good way! Because Mr. Weeks doesn’t make unfair decisions.” Fourth grade student Victoria agreed with Wayne. “Yeah, it’s good way to solve the problem because somebody could fall down and hurt themselves,” she said. But Helen disagrees. “No, it’s not a good idea,” she said. “Most girls don’t have things to play with. But when there were monkey bars, every girl could play on them. Now girls don’t have anything else to play with.”

everybody is fair!” Two grade four student told me this: “Its unfair to student and its not good for resting!” We are hoping this question will be solved and people should be happy with the solution.

Bibsology Profiles

Meet your Teachers Ms. Elizabeth Sims, 2ES

By Aidan Teo, Young Reporter


s. Sims is a 2nd Grade teacher at BIBS. She can speak Spanish, even though she’s from Chicago. Ms. Sims is 30 years old. She is from Chicago. Her class is 2ES. She likes Thanksgiving. She likes Thanksgiving because she likes to eat and meet her family. Thanksgiving is always on the third Thursday of November. This summer, she is going to Switzerland with Mr. R.

Ms. Arjee Janda, 3AJ

By Rex Kim, Young Reporter


s.Janda is the leader of the Student Council. She is from Vancouver. Her favorite vacation is Summer Vacation because she can go to different countries and meet different people and eat yummy foods in Summer Vacation. Ms.Janda is 30 years old. She will go to Canada at the Summer Vacation. But she wants to go to South America at the Summer Vacation.

Ms. Liu, Grade 3 and 4 Math

Meet my Friend Molly Young Reporter Christine Li introduces us to her good friend Molly.

By Christine Li, Young Reporter


olly is 9 years old, she was born in Beijing on June 26,2003. Her family is from

Xi’an. Molly has two black eyes. A head of thick black hair. Her lips was like a cherry. Molly’s smart, positive and sometimes tricky. “How old are you when you first came to Beanstalk? Which year is it?”I asked Molly. “I first came to beanstalk when I was 7 years old, in 2009.” Molly answered. “Why do you came to Beanstalk?” I asked.

“My dad let me go to Beanstalk.” answered Molly. “What grade are you in? Who is your best friend in your grade?”I asked Molly. “I’m in third grade, my best friend is Christine.”answered Molly. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I asked. “I want to be a actor when I grow up, because I can be famous,” answered Molly. “Do you like Beanstalk?” I asked Molly. “Actually, I think Beanstalk is OK,” said Molly. I think Molly is a good person.

Beanstalk’s Young Reporters: Spring 2012

By Molly Han, Young Reporter Ms. Liu is a Math teacher at BIBS. She has already been a teacher for 15 years. She teaches 3rd and 4th grade. Ms. Liu is 33 years old and likes children very much. She especially likes BIBS students because she think they are very cute. When she teaches us math, she always let us to do some activities about what she is teaching. She thinks if children have fun they will learn more. I asked Ms. Liu why she like to teach math. “Because I like math and math can let people to be smart,” Ms. Liu said. “I want let all the students be smart!”

Dohyun (Rex) Kim (2ES), Aidan Teo (2ES), Molly Han (3AJ), Christine Li (3AJ), Audrey Pan (3AJ), Isabella Han (3AJ), Emma Liu (3AJ), Leo Li (3MP), Helen Wu (4AF), Amanda Zhang (4AF), Angela Wang (4AF), Winnie Zhang (4AF), Andrew Liu (5GF), andAbigail Lumilan (5GF)

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BIK Celebrates Sports Day 青苗幼儿园运动会








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Cover Story

A Window to the World 世界之窗 BIBS Celebrates Multicultural Day

by Audrey and Emma Young Reporters Editor’s Pick: The Top 5 Places I’ve Visited Flying Out of Beijing

by Peter Mothe Foodie Corner: Global Recipes & Eateries

by PTA Parents & Nathan Ruhter Mayday Malaysia, Mayday...

by Mick Haward And more from Beanstalk’s Young Reporters

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Multicultural Day 2012

BIBS Celebrates Multicultural Day By Audrey Pan and Emma Liu, Young Reporters


ulticultural Day was an event that happened at BIBS on April 13th. On Multicultural Day we wore clothes from different countries, and celebrated different nationalities. That day we also ate sushi and all of those kinds of stuff in the cafeteria. Multicultural Day was a day to make Beanstalk International Bilingual School a better place. It was also a day of happiness and to respect different perspectives. “I thought the food on Multicultural Day was good because I liked the chocolate cookies,” said third grade student Molly. At the end of the day there was a Fashion Show during an assembly and two ladies and three men from Samoa taught us a dance, but they did not dance together. “I think the dance was very beautiful and amazing because it was new to me,” said Ms. Janda, who organized the event. “I thought the men dancing were awesome because it was the first time I saw it,” said Christine. During the fashion show, students showed off their beautiful clothes from around the world. “I felt nervous and surprised, I was surprised because I was on the stage and nervous because I was standing in front of about 500 people!” said Isabella, a third grade student from the Student Council who participated in the Fashion show. “I thought Multicultural Day was fun and was almost like traveling,” said Karen, also from grade 3. “My favorite part was the ladies dancing.” Not everyone was happy that day, though.“I thought Multicultural Day was just OK because the food was not very good,” said Joanne. But most students did think that it was a good day. Every event on that day was very special because the school, bit by bit, organized it.


The World Comes to BIBS On April 13th, students came to school wearing traditional outfits from around the world. In their classes, students at BIBS celebrated by bringing in yummy food and doing special activities Bt


4月12日,学生们穿着来自世界各 地的各式民族服装到校。在课堂 上,学生们分享了各自带来的美食 并通过有趣的活动庆祝“多元文化 日”。



At the end of the day, the Student Council organized a whole school assembly. During the assembly, students showed off their costumes and learned a new dance with a group of dancers from Samoa

在这一天的末尾,学生会召集全校 集合。学生们展示了他们的服装, 并向来自萨摩亚国家的舞蹈演员学 习了新的舞蹈。

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Multicultural Day 2012



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A Window

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World The Editor Peter Mothe is the ESL Coordinator and also edits the BIBStalk Magazine. He grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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hen I first moved to Beijing in August 2010, my plan was to travel extensively throughout China and see all the touristic destinations that the Middle Kingdom had to offer. Looking back, I can say that my plan to see the totality of China was quite naïve. Despite this, throughout my time in Beijing I have been able to see not only some of the best that China has to offer, but also some top destinations worldwide. Travelling is what I came here to do, and travelling is what I did. The options for travelling from Beijing are many. Despite the



many criticisms that can be made of Ctrip and eLong, great deals can be found on their websites for both domestic and international flights. Thanks to these deals, in the past twentytwo months I have had the pleasure of going to six different countries in three different continents; visiting over thirteen major cities, and taking most forms imaginable of transportation, including, airplanes, buses, trains, cars, boats, motorbikes, paragliders, and bicycles. Every trip was memorable, but some destinations stand out from the rest. Here are the top 5 destinations you should definitely not miss:

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5 Hong Kong, P. R. China


any things can be said about Hong Kong, and I have heard a lot in favor and against this bustling metropolis. If anything, the make-up-your-own-mind aspect makes it a must see destination. However, I have several reasons for which to put Hong Kong as a go-to spot, especially when living in Beijing. I went to Hong Kong for a five-day weekend in April with some of my closest friends. We arrived to Hong Kong via Shenzhen, which is the cheap way to get there, since you don’t have to pay international flight taxes (the downside: it adds a few more hours to the journey and you fly on dodgy Air Shenzhen). We crossed into HK from Shenzhen at 2:00 am at the Huang Gang border crossing, which is the only border crossing that is open 24/7. Crossing a border to pass from one part of China to another is one of the main reasons I find HK



so fascinating. Since July 1st, 1997, Hong Kong is a part of the People’s Republic of China under the status of Special Administrative Region, which gives it some autonomy from Beijing. Prior to that, its history was tied to that of the British Empire, which had gained control of the island in 1842 after the First Opium War. Since the British contract ran out, HK coexists with Beijing under the fascinating One country, two systems policy. Culturally, it is the mix between Western and Chinese cultures (not to mention other Asian cultures that have influenced Hong Kong), that make HK so interesting. In this city it is easy to find English speaking Cantonese, Cantonese speaking Chinese, Mandarin speaking Indians, Hindi speaking Englishmen, Spanish speaking Americans, and every possible combination of languages and nationalities. These infinite cultural possibilities and influences make Hong Kong a true example of the globalized world in which we live in. Present day Hong Kong, with its bustling economy and multicultural heritage, is a product of this very globalization. It was the opium trade, which started on the fields of India and Afghanistan, and was so profitable for the British and detrimental to the millions of Chinese addicts, that propped up the economy of Hong Kong, making its port one of the busiest in the world. Driving into the city on the bus, the port was the first thing I noticed. A city in it of itself, the port was still bustling as we drove past it at 3:00 am. It was this feeling, that the city never slept, and that there was always something going on, that made me feel vibrant in HK. Dur-

ing my time there, I constantly felt like things were happening. We were all surprised to see that the worldwide Occupy movement had made it to the island, as student protesters occupied the entrance to the HSBC building in Central to call for more economic justice. Also, in another more innocent form of protest, students gathered together in a main square to beat each

other up with pillows to let off steam after studying so hard for exams. Things always seem to be happening in Hong Kong, and there is much to do and see around the city. If you have issues with space make sure you leave the city for day trips around the island. There are plenty of mountain trails that vary in difficulty, and they all provide a nice escape from the never-ending hustle-bustle of the city. Go to Stanley to enjoy fashionable ocean-side meals and a dip in the water. Because of the space issue, cheap accommodation is impossible to find in Hong Kong, so if you have a group, try to rent out an apartment. Pick a central area, say Wan Chai, and start exploring from there. There is plenty to do around the area, including some great places to eat and go out for a drink. Don’t forget

to walk alongside the coast, and take the tram up to The Peak, to enjoy a scenic panoramic view of Hong Kong, before and after dark. Food options in HK are as varied as they are available. You can have anything from American cuisine to Vietnamese, and everything, I mean everything, in between. Prices range from place to place, but food quality is good throughout the city. My recommendation: have at least a few meals in small Cantonese diners. Those that are full of people are normally the best, and you will be able to get more bang for your buck in those types of restaurants. The beauty of going to Hong Kong is

that without spending too much on airfare, you can see a city that completely embraces its globalized roots, mixing cultures from around the world. It’s fun and exciting, and has options for everyone, from city folk to hikers. Even the kids have the option of going to Disney World.

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4 Chiang Mai, Kingdom of Thailand

I could write a top 5 list of destinations in Thailand alone, and I probably would not have enough adjectives to describe why it is that I find them all so special. From the paradisiacal islands on the Golf, to the ones on the Andaman coast, to the exciting surliness of Bangkok, and everything in between: all of it is a mix of beauty, excitement, and fun. For me, however, no place stands out from the rest as much as Chiang Mai does. Fly to Thailand from Beijing on Thai Airways. If you book in advance, tickets can be as cheap as RMB 3000. The flight will take you to Bangkok, where you will you be able to choose from a myriad of entertaining activities for an evening. From there, make your way up to Chiang Mai. Located in the northwestern part of Thailand, Chiang Mai is accessible from Bangkok by bus, train, or plane. It sits on Thailand’s northern mountain range, in an area dominated by forests and hills. The city itself is surrounded by a moat and old city walls, which divide it into two distinct sections. You will find plenty of things to see within and outside of the city walls, including wonderful temples, lively markets, and beautiful architecture. There are many parks in which to enjoy fresh fruit and ice-coffees, as well as lush green vegetation that makes you feel like you are not in a big city.



Rent bikes and get lost around town, or simply spend the whole day walking, and you will surely notice the beautifully relaxed atmosphere that radiates in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai also has a rich past as the capital of the Kingdom of Lanna, which rivaled the Kingdom of Siam over control of what is now Thailand. People in this northern city are ethnically different to those in Bangkok, and their allegiance towards the highly revered Thai monarchy is slightly less evident. These differences make Chiang Mai a fresh and exciting destination within Thailand. Chiang Mai’s culture is rich, and you will be able to get a glimpse of it, old and new, anywhere around the city (from traditional markets to quaint book stores). It’s the cultural variety,

as well as the relaxed atmosphere, that makes Chiang Mai my favorite place in Thailand. Get out of town and go for a 2 or 3 day jungle trek if you are adventurous, or spend a day amongst elephants at the beautiful Patara Elephant Farm. If you are wanting a more cultural experience, visit Pai, a small town close to Chiang Mai which mixes hippy and Lanna culture.

“Get out of town and go for a 2 or 3 day jungle treck or spend the day at Patara Elephant Farm”

Back in town, you can enjoy a night out at one of the many bars that cater to tourists and locals alike. Eat wonderfully fresh fruit and vegetarian dishes, as well as Thai favorites with a northern twist. Just one request: if you go, please make sure you try the Kao Soi, a wonderful coconutbased chicken curry soup served on noodles that is typical of the region. Do it for me.

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3 Rome, Italy


or some reason, it had always been a life-long dream of mine to see the Coliseum. As a child, I had always been fascinated by the immensity of the structure, and in adolescence I watched Gladiator one too many times. Because of this, I did not hesitate when a group of my university friends decided to organize a reunion at Tommaso’s place in Italy’s majestic capital: Rome. I got to Rome from Beijing via Qatar this past May, and the ticket only set me back RMB 4300. There was a long layover in Doha, but for that price, it was worth the wait. Once in Rome, well, I did exactly as the Romans do. All night eating and drinking extravaganzas are the way to go in Rome. Romans do it almost every day, regardless of their work obligations. If you are looking for a swanky place to do this, don’t miss out on the beautiful area of Trastevere, located on the west side of the Tiber River. One tip, don’t try to impress your friends with a “nature walk”



along the banks of the river only to end up floating amongst strange substances in its murky waters! For a more down to earth area, don’t miss out on the Circolo degli Artisti, a large outdoor bar/club area filled with students, in the university district of San Lorenzo. To get from point A to point B in Rome use public transportation and walk… a lot. In the afternoons, when the cold breeze comes in from the coast, walking is exactly what you want to do, and every corner brings a beautiful new surprise. My two favorite spots: the Coliseum and the majestic Trevi Fountain. For the latter, take a bottle of Chianti to enjoy as you sit back on the steps and are marveled by the intricate artistic masterpiece. Oh, and don’t forget to make a wish. If you want to go into any of the most famous sites, such as the Vatican or the Coliseum, expect some mighty long lines, regardless of the time of year. My tip is to skip the lines altogether (unless you are dying to see the Sistine Chapel) and just soak in the atmosphere of the city. Plus, you will be marveled by fascinating structures, streets, and art throughout the city. Go up to the Borghese gardens to see an amazing panoramic view of Rome. Travel for a few hours out of Rome and visit other Italian gems, such as Naples or Florence. I went local, and

instead of hitting those major tourist spots, headed to my friend Tommaso’s village: Arpino. Located in the province of Frosinone (still in the Lazio region) Arpino is a beautifully quaint village

The village of Arpino that sits atop of a hill about two hours out of Rome. It’s windy roads, which date back to the times of the Roman Empire, weave through some beautiful architecture. Outside of the village, visit the only triangular arch in the world, which dates back more than 2000 years. Enjoy a late night soccer game with the locals in the main square, eat lots of pizza and pastas, and if you find a man name Nono Mario, learn from his infinite wisdom.

Also, make sure you admire the beautiful view of the valley that sits bellow Arpino. Rome impressed me as the most beautiful major city I have ever been to. Its people are beautiful, and despite what many say, I always felt safe there. The highlight of my trip was the 1st of May concert in San Giovanni square, where half a million people enjoyed wonderful Italian music in an energetic yet friendly atmosphere. May is definitely the right time to go to Rome. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Eat lots, walk lots, drink lots, and be ready for a whirlwind time. Sleeping? You can do it on the long flight to and from Beijing.

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2 Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan Province, China


travelled through Yunnan in December of 2011 and was surprised by the stunning beauty of its landscape and peoples. I had no idea what to expect, as I hadn’t researched the trip too much. In the end, however, all you need is a map and a goal. A friend and I flew from Beijing to Kunming, and from there took the bus to Dali. My tip for travelling through Yunnan, enjoy several days of relaxing and sun soaking in Dali, head over to Lijiang (but don’t stay there for more than a night), and escape the herds of tourists as you head to Qiao Tou. This small town is the entrance to the Tiger Leaping Gorge. In Qiao Tou you can stay at some nicer hotels, or choose the cheaper option and stay with the rest of the hikers at Jane’s Guest House, which is located right at the entrance of the gorge (entrance costs RMB 50). Rooms there are cheap, and have few to no luxuries, but you will surely meet some interesting



people there. There are many options for hiking through the Tiger Leaping Gorge, and all of them are spectacular. Choose the High Road for the most incredible views (and a bit more work), and the low road if you are lame. You can find several guest houses hidden amongst the spectacular views, where you can eat lunch and enjoy a beer. You have several options for accommodation in the gorge, and we opted to stay at Tea Horse Guest House on the first night. A twin room with a bathroom costs RMB 120 per night. Enjoy the Naxi bread, and if you have the stomach for it, try some of the butter tea that is so common amongst Tibetans and Naxis alike. The second day on the gorge is easier and more scenic. It is a breathtaking hike, with views that seem out of an Ansel Adams photography book. The river below, the mountains above, and the bluest of skies guide you through the day. The only setback: the power lines that run along the trail. End the day and the hike at Walnut Garden village, or continue trekking for a few more days into the unknown. Hiking through the Tiger Leaping Gorge is not easy, and there have been reports of some deaths on the trails. However, it never felt too uncomfortably dangerous, and I did see families walking on the trails (although with guides). This spot is definitely a must if you are

into nature and hiking. After completing the Tiger Leaping Gorge, we headed over to Zhongdian (also known as Shangri-La). The town in itself doesn’t have too much to offer, although a night out with locals is a lot of fun. Eat Tibetan food, and immerse yourself in Tibetan culture, in this closeto-the border town. Get out of town and climb Mt. Shaka. The hike is stunningly beautiful. Enjoy the climbs and the descents and be careful not to slip on the frozen lakes if you are there in December. When the sun is out, the temperature is quite nice, although it is still freezing in the shade. Bring sunglasses, a jacket, and walking sticks, as the descents can be hard at times. Just be weary of altitude sickness,

and the occasional Yeti encounter. There is much more to do in Yunnan. I have heard of the beauty of the Stone Forests located near Kunming, as well as

the rice terraces in the south. But if you are like me, and like nature, solitude, and a good challenge, then the Tiger Leaping Gorge is exactly what you need.

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1 Salta and Jujuy, Argentina


admit I might be totally biased on this one. Nonetheless, I have many reasons to place Argentina’s northern provinces of Salta and Jujuy at the top of my list. In July of 2011 I travelled back home to Buenos Aires after nearly two years away, including a hectic first year here in Beijing. Getting to BA from Beijing is not cheap, but you can find return tickets with Qatar Airways for about RMB 14000. After the long journey home, (layovers in Doha and Sao Paulo) I thought that I did not want to move a centimeter away from my mom’s sofa, and sought the comfort of family and friends in the suburbs of BA. But along came Andy, my German neighbor from Beijing, and forced me to get my pigou off the couch. Without much of a plan, we started a two-week trip north from Buenos Aires, which took us through the cities of Rosario and Cordoba, and north from there to the provinces of Salta and Jujuy. These last two locations were true paradise for those who love nature.




We arrived in the provincial capital of Salta after visiting my extended family in the city of Cordoba. Quite frankly, I was somewhat reluctant to continue on with the journey, as I had been to Salta as a young boy and did not know how exciting Andy would find it. Luckily for us, Salta lived up to its nickname: La linda (the beautiful), and both Andy and I were amazed by the beauty of the people and the landscape. Also, the city of Salta in itself is full of fun to be had! The architecture in the city of Salta mixes indigenous culture with Spanish influences. Lavish churches packed with gold and painted with traditional salteĂąo colors seem out of place in this generally poor area. But these juxtapositions (so common in Latin America as a whole) are what make Salta such a beautiful destination. The inhabitants of the city carry this juxtaposition with them, and are beautiful and friendly people. The real beauty of Salta is found outside of its city limits. The area known as the Calchaqui valley, which ends in the town of Cafayate, is spectacularly beautiful. As you drive through the valley (cars can be rented or tours can be or-

ganized from any hotel in Salta) you will see beautiful mountainous structures emerging from everywhere (locals have given names to some of these structures, as many of them resemble specific things, and their resemblance is quite uncanny). As you drive through the valley you will long to have a horse and ride into the wilderness in the very best John Wayne style. The seen looks almost otherworldly. The red and yellow dust of the mountains reminds me of Mars, and the cactuses make me think of Texas. Canyons and gorges cut across the road, and specific stops must be made in beautiful areas such as La garganta del Diablo (the devil’s throat) and el Anfiteatro (the amphitheater). It is this surreal beauty that gives Salta its nickname, la linda, and what makes it a must-see destination. The valley ends in the town of Cafayate. Once there, try some homemade Torrontes wine, or visit one of the many wineries in the region. To combat the altitude

sickness, locals will offer you coca leaves that you masticate and leave in your mouth. Try them out at your own risk, as their taste is not very pleasant. Even though these are the same plants used to make cocaine, it must be noted that coca leaves are not a drug themselves, and are a part of a millenary culture throughout the Andes mountain range. In Cafayate, as well as everywhere else in Argentina, make sure you try our specialty, asado, which is barbequed steak in many forms (vegetarians beware, asado and beef dishes are everywhere, although you will find your vegetarian options in the form of pastas and fresh salads). The other touristic to-do in Salta is to take the Tren de las Nubes (or Train of

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the Clouds) for a long ride. The ride will show some of the most incredible sights in Salta, while teetering along on bridges that seem to float between mountains. This option is quite expensive for the budget traveller, so consider it only if you are willing to pay about RMB 800 for the experience. Back in the city of Salta, you can eat good food anywhere close to the main square, but make sure you try traditional empanadas salteñas at a small restaurant. For a night out, head out to Balcarce street, which is full of clubs and bars to suit everyone’s needs. My favorite one: a dinky old bar with long tables in which you are forced to socialize while listening to rock nacional, a homegrown style of Argentine rock. For a more traditional show, talk to your hotel or hostel, which will surely be able to recommend a place in which to enjoy a traditional singing and dancing performance.


After a few days in Salta, we made our way up to Jujuy. If you do not speak Spanish, I recommend that you get a local guide to do this part of the journey, as it is hard to find your way around even if you are a native Spanish speaker.



We arrived from Salta to the capital city of San Salvador de Jujuy, and without leaving the bus station, made our way north from there to the small town of Maimara. This is done on a local bus that transports people, goods, and the occasional live chicken. We arrived in Maimara in the darkness of night. The bus dropped us off at the side of the road and continued on its way to the Bolivian border. Standing on the side of the road, Andy and I felt utterly lost, as we could not see the village and had no idea where we were. Luckily, a local woman had also descended from the bus with us, and was willing to take us down to the town. Without her, we probably would never have found it. Thousands of stars lit up the night sky, and when we crossed a small river in absolute darkness, our newly found guide told us that only a week ago, a young child had disappeared into the night after falling into it. In her words we heard a tone that showed that this was not an uncommon thing. As we approached the town, the first thing we noticed was the blaring of loud speakers. It was almost 9:00 pm, and not a soul walked on the dirt roads. I knew that Andy was wondering where in the world I

had brought him (I was wondering where I was myself). As we got closer to what looked like a town, I was able to make out the words that were being blared through the loudspeakers. It was the Marcha peronista, a song praising late president Juan Domingo Peron, the founder of the largest political party in Argentina. In between stanzas of the march, a loud and boisterous voice told the citizens of Maimara to vote for President Cristina Kirchner’s reelection in the upcoming presidential elections. The campaign propaganda was on repeat, and it played over and over again. We asked the lady we were walking with about it. She seemed unfazed. During election time, she told use, the loudspeakers blared this campaign advertisement at the residents of this tiny village from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. It was no surprise then, as we later found out, that almost 100% of the inhabitants of Maimara voted for the Peronista party in the last presidential elections. We said goodbye to our new-found friend and she pointed in the direction of the only youth hostel in town. We got a bit lost in the night, being as though our little Made in China flashlight had stopped working, but eventually made it to the hostel, which was run by a young

Brazilian couple. We went to bed uncertain of where we were, and confused as to whether we had made the right decision in coming here. Only when we woke up in the morning did we notice the amazing beauty of our surroundings. In the enveloping darkness of the night we had failed to notice the colorful mountains that rose from both sides of the town. Now, in the light of day, we saw the intensity of the colors that painted the mountains in ways I thought were unimaginable. A stroll around town, despite the speakers still blaring campaign ads, was extremely peaceful, and everyone was nice and willing to help us. The highlight of that first walk (besides the awe inspiring view) was an extremely friendly man, who insisted we take a picture with him. The man, who owned the town’s only small convenient store, asked Andy to contact his German friend, with the only information that his name was Franz, and that maybe he lived in Berlin. The next day, we headed towards the small town of Purmamarca, home to the Cerro de los Siete Colores. You reach Purmamarca by taking a local bus that drives around the mountain highways. Once there, you can’t miss the Cerro de

los Siete Colores. The mountain stands proudly behind the town, and is a true display of natural beauty. On its side, you can distinctly see the seven colors that give the mountain its name. It is a truly breathtaking view, which I recommend everyone to experience. The town is worth your time too, as it is quaint yet touristy, and it is a great place to get hand woven bags and other beautiful knickknacks, as well as meeting local artisans and imported hippies. In Purmamarca, find a couple of people who are willing to hire a car to go into Salinas Grandes, a large salt flat located about four kilometers above sea level. You need four people to fill up a car, and each person pays about RMB 60 for the drive. We happened to meet up with some people we had met several days before in Salta, and hoped in a car with a very pleasant driver. The drive to Salinas lasts about one hour, and it is a majestic drive that winds up and down mountains. As you climb this deserted stretch of the Andes Mountains you see mountains of every shape and color, cactuses and elusive semi-wild vicuñas. And then you reach the salt flats. The blue sky creates a magical contrast with the purity of the white salt, that is only

interrupted by the jagged edges of the distant mountains rising up into the sky with snowed peaks. The area is desolate and breathtaking and as you look out into the wilderness, you will surely be amazed by the immensity of the world. If you so desire, you can camp out in the salt flats for a night. From the salt flats, we headed back to Maimara, and the next day started our long journey back to Buenos Aires (the bus ride from Jujuy takes about thirty hours). If it fits your budget, I recommend you take the short flight from San Salvador back to Buenos Aires. If you make it to Maimara, make sure you try some lama meat and cheese, which go down very well with cold beers or Torrontes from nearby Salta. There are other options for tourism in Jujuy, such as the beautiful town of Tilcara, which is somewhat touristy because of the fact that it is known as the most remote town in Argentina. We however, found our heaven in Maimara, and made the town our home base in Jujuy. As a town in itself, Maimara is beautifully simple. Its views and people are what proved to be priceless. ■

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The Traveller Mick Haward is the Grade 6 ESL teacher at BIBS. Amongst many things he is a experienced traveller from Melbourne, Australia.

Mayday, Malaysia, Mayday.....


The Perhentian Islands, Malaysia Written by:

Mick Haward

Photographs by:

Mick Haward & Anna Fairclough



his was not a call for help, but rather a giving of thanks for a break in the weather. Not to mention getting in early with our flight booking with Air Asia. Thanks are also due my wife, Anna, for keeping us so organized (and grounded) in this department. Most of you are wise to this tip, but it bears repeating: the sooner you can plan your trip and book a flight, the cheaper the fare and less the last minute stress about where to go. Anyway, we were Perhentian Islands bound. The Perhentian Islands (not to be confused with the Parentheses Group, as BIBS Grade Four’s Mr. Ringold would have you believe, ha-ha),or Palau Perhentian in Malay, lie off the north-East coat of the Malaysian peninsula. The Perhentians are part of the Palau Redang National Maritime Park. It felt like ages since we last had a beach holiday – Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam was in early 2010, while on our trip home to Australia last Christmas (when you would expect us to have hit the waves big time), the best we could do was a view of the cosmopolitan foreshore from the saltwater baths in St. Kilda, Melbourne. Not close enough, I’m afraid! So, after much destination discussion, we decided to rectify this situation. Considering all the planning, you would expect, as alluded above, that we would have had a hassle free cast-off, so to speak. Not so. Our previous attempt to leave Beijing should have been a warning: we got stuck in Friday evening traffic on the way to the West Beijing Train Station and missed our train to Pingyao by a matter of the slimmest ten minutes it took to get from where the taxi dropped us off to the pre-paid ticket queue. Imagine our surprise, to say nothing of the distress, when we were delayed at Beijing Southern Station (due to pre-May 1st crowds – funny that). After waiting an extra hour for our fast train and arriving in no time, we did not get to Tianjin until 30 minutes before our flight left for Kuala Lumpur. Ever the topically tropical trooper, my wife relented, secured the services of a taxi tout to get us out of the station and to the airport, while our taxi driver did not panic and I carried the bags (Ah, it must be said she still has her practical feminine wiles intact).


In accustomed fashion, we made it to the Air Asia check-in counter with only two minutes to spare, before we would have missed the flight. We were never so grateful to slump into the posture altering seats of a budget carrier than on this occasion. Five hours later… Ah, Kuala Lumpur – what a stopover! (Quick KL relevant word association: relief, humidity, Renminbi versus Ringgit (a close match), Tunes Hotel, shorts, Tiger Beer, Halal chicken at midnight, four hours sleep, airport coffee and an assured stroll to the departure gate…) Finally, we were on our way to paradise postponed. *** After the shortest of short hauls from KL to Kota Bharu, only 60 minutes away if that, our destination was within sight – well, first we had to get a boat for the 40 minute bouncy-bouncy-chop-chop coast hop/joy ride from the fishing port out to the islands themselves. Oh, my aching back – Air Asia you owe me the price of a good chiropractor, or I really have to find my sea legs again. Anyway, while buying our boat tickets for the trip out, we got chatting to the friendly boat operator who told us that so far that weekend (and this was only early on Sunday April 29, mind you) 3,000 people had already made the trip over.

We were reassured that a lot of these were ‘day trippers’ or just over for the weekend. Given the number of boat/tour operators plying their package deals trade with the islands and who were busy ferrying passengers from the main seafaring terminal, I was not surprised. Then again, our grinning Malay friend could be forgiven for excitedly overestimating on the basis that this seemed like a good round number to impress us at the time, or he had over consumed his daily ration of betel nut. I just held out hope that paradise was not already overrun and despoiled. I needn’t have worried. Not that my newly purchased goggles were rose tinted or anything. *** Landfall, or should I say sand fall, dispelled any misgivings we might have had about numbers, as we were the only passengers from a boatload of 12 who disembarked for Abdul’s Chalet (one of the first open and continuously running - except for monsoon season - since 1988). Abdul’s is on Perhentian Besar, or the ‘big’ island, while Perhentian Kecil translates as ‘small’ island. The word Perhentian itself means ‘stopping point.’ Perhentian Besar is home to a fishing village and the resident Muslim community. Kecil is supposedly popular with the younger backpacker crowd as it reputedly

has a selection of affordable (read “I am too cheap to shell out an extra 50 ringgit”) beach shanty style accommodation (read “hey, great idea, we can use the hammock to go fishing with”). For a place to stay Besar has more to choose from, with ‘resort’ style eating and sleeping options for those who need to feel as though they are ‘living the high life’, or at the more down to earth end of the tourist spectrum you will find simple beach front ‘chalets’ or cabins, complete with mini-fridge, air-con and overhead fans! We went for the latter, rather than the latte option (although this did cause the wife some issues with her caffeine withdrawal, yet help was never far away…) Speaking as I was at the outset about a break in the weather, the holiday gods were smiling radiantly down upon us, dispelling the forecast of overcast conditions, storms, rain and temperatures in the low 30’s Celsius equalling humidity central. Not so – we had clear skies, initial temps in the high 20’s Celsius with the slightest of sea breezes. Perfect. Admittedly, we did get two or three late afternoon/early evening storms that blew over from the mainland like impending biblical doom – skies suddenly inky, filled in with flashes of brilliance as the sheet lightning laid down a challenge to make umbrellas unadvisable and a voice intoned, “Would you like another Tiger?”

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I can report that no locusts were encountered, yet the mosquitoes were only annoying right on dusk (repellent or copious amounts of ‘‘tonic’ water recommended). This was not exactly high season, but the numbers did seem to be clicking over without leaving the impression that there would be issues of contested beach space come August and the hedonist influx. Some cabins were only occupied for a couple of nights before the occupants moved on and it was a new temporary haven for the next island idlers. We were surrounded by families mostly – mum and dad taking turns to watch over the sand happy toddlers, kids swimming in sun-conscious 1920’s style head to toe costumes – or young couples (we had our own category) lapping up the sun and each other. Differing ethnicities were also ably represented: Dutch, Australian, French (what happened to the Pacific?), Chinese couples taking pre-wedding happy snaps, Americans tired of Hawaii, as well as Malays making the most of their own maritime backyard, as it were. This was definitely not the party scene of Thailand or the Malay equivalent of Langkawi. And for this we were happy. Content to do nothing at all. Why need we do more? For, when right outside our cabin’s front door, we had our own coral reef to explore and swims to be had galore. At least three or four prolonged plunges



a day made for a sweet mingling of sand, salt, sweat and 30+ sunscreen (How is it we always manage to miss a patch of skin prone to prune?) Being a beach bums suits me just fine, as catching up on reading was the order of the day, while tending to the unintentionally burnishing (over)exposure of our complexions (it had been a while) – in addition to the mandatory sunscreen, hats and sunglasses (yes, plural; for, when conditions demand you switch the combo to suit your field of vision – out to sea or above and beyond the (non)event horizon) are obviously essential. Pirate scarves and sarongs are also popular accessories for the malingering brine dandies. One should at least make the effort and try to blend in, not to mention support the local economy. Designated walks can also be undertaken through the jungle, but be on guard for poisonous vipers, pythons and the skittish Monitor lizards. We made do with beachcombing walks to and from Shark Point 30 minutes away and only encountered the lizards twice over seven days – they move surprising swiftly and are not afraid of water! For the more adventurous or energetic, the Perhentians offer great opportunities for organised snorkelling and scuba diving trips at various locations on both islands. One reason to definitely (re)visit is the chance to swim with the giant turtles – I know it sounds un-ecofriendly, but the licensed dive operators work as part of the

maritime park to help protect this species and preserve the environment. They come ashore at Turtle Bay to lay their eggs and this area is under strict supervision. We only saw the turtles form aboard our ‘runabout’, when we caught one of the numerous boat taxis to explore other beaches, and they were visible below the turquoise water as their shells darkened the surface like breaching shadows of evolution, before a pre-historic head was extended periscopelike to take in a peek and breathe. This alone was awe inspiring and I can only imagine how awesome it would be to be in the water with them. Next time… Speaking of tour operators and boat taxis, keep a look out for Sham if you stay at Abdul’s. Sham is a local character who runs tours of various spots around both islands and works out of the chalet during the day,


before returning to Kecil and his other domestic/spiritual duties in the evening. He is encouraging of you to make the most of the opportunity to explore without being pushy. Even if you don’t go out with him for a three hour tour, he is more than happy to regale you with stories of the sharks or turtles they saw and is a fine exponent of sand drawing. And then there is the food. We divided our foraging forays between Abdul’s homely kitchen and dining deck, where the meals were cheap and delicious, and Tuna Bay Resort 10 minutes up the beach – this is billed as the islands’ best restaurant complete with the only cocktail bar in the area and espresso for wives who need a caffeine fix. Both had a barbeque each night and the choice of fresh seafood was mouth-watering.

We also rediscovered mangoes. Best dishes: Anna’s Beef Rendang and my (thanks chef) extra spicy Mei Goreng. *** Heathen heaven on earth? Bloody close. Seven days were not nearly enough to recharge the batteries. I think I had only reached the blissed-out phase by Thursday. Things were getting pretty busy by the weekend when a previously ‘uninhabited’ stretch of beach was overnight turned into what looked like the biggest extended family reunion since Moses lead a party out of Egypt. Marquees and tents dotted the foreshore and supplies were coming over from the fishing village. Even the previously deserted Malaysian Government Resthouse at Love Beach was occupied and flying the flag.

It was time for us to take our leave. I suggested we make a reservation for the same time next year, but Anna made a sensible observation as to why we should just enjoy soaking it all in while still there and let the ebb and flow of life decide for us. She had apparently arrived at her own private blissedness to a more philosophical degree than me and with a combination of smile and stare proved persuasive. We will be back though. I will see to that. So, for the time being my abiding memory will be the sound of the call to prayer drifting over from Perhentian Kecil mingling with that of the waves, insects, birds and human at play – looking more and more like seals in their aquatic burqas. What I resembled in my own head scarf and sarong, the locals will be debating until our return…

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The Foodie Corner

Global Edition*


Köttbullar Swedish Meatballs by Eva Ekeroth

Ingredients 材料 4-6 servings 4-6人份

500g (18 oz) ground (minced) beef/pork mixture 500克(18盎司)牛肉馅/猪肉馅 250 ml (1 ¼ cup) milk 250毫升(一又四分之一杯)牛奶 75 g (3 oz) white breadcrumbs 75克(3盎司)白面包屑 1 egg 1个鸡蛋 1 onion 1个洋葱 salt, white pepper 盐、白胡椒 ground allspice 甘椒粉(即,多香果粉)


Joel Wareus

Dice the onion and sauté gently in a little butter without browning. Soak the breadcrumbs in milk. Bland the ground meat, in a food processor, with the onion, egg, milk/ breadcrumb mixture and the spices to the proper consistency and taste. Add water if the mixture feels to firm. Check the taste by test-frying one meatball. Then shape small meatballs with the aid of two spoons and place on water-rinsed plates. Brown a generous pat of butter in a frying pan, and when it “goes quiet” place the meatballs in the pan and let them brown on all sides. Shake the frying pan often. Serve with potato purée or boiled potatoes and raw stirred lingonberries.



将洋葱切成小丁,轻轻爆香,但 请注意不要炒焦。将面包屑浸泡在牛奶 中。最好用一个食物加工机,将肉馅与 洋葱、鸡蛋、牛奶/面包屑的混合物、以 及所有的香料一起放入搅拌,直至合适 的粘稠度和味道。如果觉得混合后的肉 馅有点硬,就再添加少许的水。先试着 煎一个丸子,检查一下味道。然后用两 把勺子将肉馅做成小个的丸子,放在擦 干的盘子上。在煎锅里将一大块黄油煎 成褐色,当黄油“安静”下来时,把丸 子放入锅中,然后将它们各面都煎熟, 煎的过程中需要时常地晃动煎锅。最 后,配上土豆泥或煮土豆、及搅拌好的 生越橘和肉丸子一起上桌即可。

Fried Radish Cakes by Gladys Ong

Ingredients 配料:

1 medium radish (about 700g when grated) + 50ml water 1 个中等大小的萝卜(切 碎后约700克)+50毫升水 200g rice flour 200克大米粉 250ml water 250毫升水 1/4 tsp salt 1/4匙盐

Method 制作方法:

1. Over low heat, steam grated radish and 50ml water in a non-stick pot for about 30 minutes or until radish turns translucent. Remove from flame and allow to cool. 在不粘锅中将切碎的萝卜和50毫升水缓 慢加热小火加热30分钟,直到萝卜呈半 透明,从灶上移开冷却。 2. Combine well rice flour, salt and water



in a separate bowl. Add this solution to the cooled grated radish and mix well. 将大米粉末、盐、水在另外一个碗中混 合,将混合好的溶液倒入冷却好的萝卜 里并拌匀。 3. Pour the combined mixture into a steaming tray and steam over high heat for about 40 minutes. 将混合物倒入蒸托盘,高温蒸40分钟。 4. Once cooked, the radish cake should be left to cool completely (best if left overnight in the refrigerator as this will firm up the cake for easy handling). 蒸好之后,请彻底冷却(最好在冰箱中 放一整夜,这样饼会变硬,以便于下一 步的操作。)

Frying the Cake 煎饼 3 tbsp vegetable oil 3汤匙植物油 1-2 tsp minced garlic 1-2汤匙蒜蓉 1-2 tbsp chai poh (chopped preserved radish/turnip) 1-2汤匙chai poh 2 tbsp fish sauce 2汤匙鱼露 Dash of ground pepper 少量胡椒粉 Chilli sauce (optional, preferably sambal chilli) 辣椒酱 (可选,最好是带咖哩味 的辣椒) 2-3 eggs, lightly beaten 2-3个鸡蛋,轻轻 打散 1-2 tbsp sweet sauce (optional if you prefer the white version) 1-2汤匙糖汁(如果做 白法烹饪就不需要) 1-2 stalks spring onion, chopped 1-2根 葱,切碎 ▶

* The Cooks For this Special Edition of the Foodie Corner we enlisted some PTA parents to share their favorite recipes from around the world.

India 1. Cut up the steamed radish cake into small chunks. (If you prefer a crispier dish, cut into smaller chunks.) 将蒸萝卜糕切成块状(如果你希望口感 更酥脆,可以切的更小一些) 2. Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Over medium heat, fry radish cake till lightly browned and slightly crisp. 在不粘锅中将油烧热。用中火煎萝卜糕 直到变成浅金黄色,并且变的有些酥 脆。 3. Add minced garlic and chai poh, and fry till aromatic. Add a little more oil if it’s too dry. 加入蒜蓉和chai poh爆锅直到香气溢 出。如果太干可加入少许油。 4. Add fish sauce, pepper (and chilli if you prefer it spicy). Fry to coat seasoning evenly over the radish pieces. 加入鱼露、胡椒粉(如果需要辣味的可 加辣椒)。将调料均匀的洒在萝卜上, 煎至它均匀的覆盖在萝卜块上。 5. Pour eggs over the radish cake and allow it to set slightly before flipping over in small sections. 将鸡蛋均匀的洒在萝卜糕上,等它附着 好后再一部分一部分翻动萝卜。

Onion Bhaji by Rashmi Singh


5tbsp gram flour 5汤匙面粉 1tsp ginger-garlic paste 1汤匙姜蒜糊 Salt to taste 适量盐 1 chopped green chili 青辣椒碎末 1tbsp chopped fresh coriander 1汤匙香菜末 1/2 tsp cumin pwd 1\2汤匙孜然粉 Pinch of baking soda 小苏打适量 1/2 tsp turmeric pwd 1/2汤匙姜粉 1 onion thin sliced 1个洋葱切薄片 1/2 cup water 1/2杯水 Vegetable oil for deep frying. 油窄用植物油

Greek Delicacies - Solana 朝阳公园路6号, 蓝色港湾SMM-96

Their Greek Salad is big and full of feta, for a very reasonable price. The pita sandwiches and value meals leave a bit to be desired, however their Tzatziki (yogurt and cucumber) is tasty.

The Den - Sanlitun 工体东路甲4号


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with water.

将所有配料在碗中加水混合 Heat oil in a deep sided frying pan,when hot add a large spoonful of Bhaji mixture and fry to 30 to 45 sec until golden brown,turn the Bhaji and fry for further 30 sec until crisp and golden brown,remove and drain on kitchen paper.repeat with the remaining Bhaji mix. Serve hot with coriander chutney or tomato sauce.

将油在煎锅中烧热,加入一满匙Bhaji 混合物,炸30-45秒直到变为金黄,继 续炸30秒直到变脆、棕色褪去, 盛出 放在厨房用智商吸取过多油分,继续 炸剩下的Bhaji材料。 乘热将西红柿酱或者酸辣酱浇上,即 可食用。

Readily available at most food centres, this dish is enjoyed as a hearty breakfast, as a satisfying accompaniment to lunch or sought out as a scrumptious supper treat.

这款食物在餐馆很常见,主要作为丰盛 的早餐或者午餐、晚餐美味的配菜。

Mr. R’s Restaurant Picks

Decent, and more importantly cheap (for Sanlitun), breakfast options.

Enoterra - Nali Patio

三里屯北路81号那里花园D405 Nice international wine selection. Not too heavy on French or Chilean options, as is usually the case in Beijing. Fantastic rooftop patio, and a pretty good tapas selection. Great for a tipple, as Mr. Mick would say.

Q-Mex - Sanlitun

Gongti Courtyard Not yet opened, but on the radar. This eatery (located near the Sanlitun Kro’s nest) will purportedly be serving upscale Mexican, with a large selection of imported tequilas to go with it. Scheduled to open in June.

The Foodie Onion Bhaji is one of India’s spicy snacks.


Nathan Ruhter, the ICT Coordinator at BIBS, loves to eat.

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PERSPECTIVES What to do this My Favorite Summer Summer Holiday, ever By Leo Li


o you know what date is June 29th is? It’s half day and the date you will finish this grade! And..... you need to make plans for summer holiday. This could help you make a plan. Ms.Pena, a third grade teacher went to many many countries and I interviewed her what place will be the best to go for the summer vacation. “I think Costa Rica is the best,” said Ms. Peña. “It’s a country in North America. It’s a beautiful place and the fruits are delicious.” I also think Costa Rica is good place to go to. It is just below Mexico. Wherever you go, there is one thing you should always do: read. Now, I’ll tell you about simple things such as books to read. To be honest, I rather you read the whole BIBStalk magazine, but after you finish you should read these books: For kindergartners and Grade 1 student, they could read ‘Pat The Bunny’. It’s short but really fun. If you are second to fourth grade students, then you could read, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. For higher grades (5 and 6) they could read about Steve Jobs.



By Abigail Lumilan


y favorite holiday happened a year ago when I went back to the Philippines. My family and I were only there for about 2 weeks but I had a lot of fun. I don’t have any friends there anymore because they all moved out my neighborhood when I was away in Beijing. My cousins came to my home every time they didn’t have school. When my cousins were away, me and my family would go with my grandmother and her family to help her buy supplies for her store across our road. If she didn’t need help, I would go to her store with my older cousin and help my aunt sell stuff and food. On the first day there, my whole family and I went swimming. We were going to be there for 1 or 2 days. When we were outside with everyone, except my younger cousin’s mom, my younger cousin got angry and wanted to tell her mom about it. The hilarious thing about is that she went to the wrong room and saw a couple inside talking to each other. Then she started to ask them in a mean way where was her mother. I had to go in and tell her she was in the room and apologize to the couple. When I told the others what had happened they started laughing. Then I told my cousin where the right room was and took her there. Then the next day, all my cousins and I woke up early and went swimming. Then my little cousin had to leave and go home because she had school the next day and she hasn’t done any of her homework. Then everybody packed up and went straight to my home. My cousins were usually with us after going to school. I have one older cousin and three younger cousins. I also have 2 half-cousins who live in my grandmother’s house next door. My old cousin would always come to my house whenever she has time. We would go to my grandmother’s house to talk with my half- cousins and help my half-aunt run the store. Then

almost every day my family and I would go to this mall called SM to watch the cinema, shop, eat lunch, and buy books. That part was so much fun. The next day, I would go to my younger cousin’s home and have fun and sometimes help her with her schoolwork. Her dad works in Singapore and is usually somewhere in the sea. The lucky thing was when we went there my uncle (her dad) was there that time. We were supposed to go at an amusement park but it started to rain so we stayed in a supermarket and we just watched a movie and bought some books. Then we stayed at my grandmother’s house until it stopped raining. Well at least I got to spend more time with my cousins. This wasn’t exactly the highlight of my holiday. Then that night it was too late for my other cousins to come home, so they went to sleep at our house. My older cousins and her family stayed in a room where me and my family was, which was in the second floor and my younger cousin and her family slept in the living room in the first floor. My younger cousin always comes up to play with us and we had to tell her a lot of times that it was time for bed. The next day, my older cousin went home first for school and a couple hours later my younger cousin went home. But before they came home, all of us went to our room and counted our money to buy some sweets in my grandmother’s store next door. After that, that’s when my older cousin went home. Then when it was turning dark, my younger cousin went back home. The next few days went by normally, my cousins visiting, me reading, and a lot more. Then it was time to go back to Beijing. It was a fun and great holiday.

New Qualifications Offered at Beanstalk . Cambridge International Centre . British National Curriculum - Key Stage 3 (Years 6, 7 & 8) . Cambridge International GCSE (Years 9 & 10) . Candidate School for IBDP (Years 11 & 12) No.38 Nanshiliju, Chaoyang, Beijing


Athletic Department Update


青苗运 动会 BIBS Sports Day 2012



The Coach Andrew Sobol is the Athletic Director at BIBS. He is from Australia

Water Team Washes Away its Competition


ports Day 2012 was another terrific event. Fortunately the rain and thunderstorms predicted did not arrive and towards the last hour of the event the sun came out, which made for perfect conditions. This year it was another close competition between all the teams. Each team and student tried, competed and gave their best efforts during the events. It was also fantastic to see so many parents cheering on from the sidelines, this definitely gave everyone a boost. The scores were evenly tied throughout the day and it came down to the relay running events to determine which team would be champions this year. The team that stood out a little more than the rest was Water and they ended up with the trophy, winning for the first time in 5 years. A special thank you to the Sports Committee who helped set up the event and to all the teachers, parents and children who attended. A fun day was had by all. 012年运动会是这一学年的又一重大活动。天公作 美,预报中的雷阵雨并没有到来,最后几小时太 阳的出现为活动更增添了气氛。 这是本学年所有队伍的总决赛。每支队伍和每位 学生都努力拼搏、奋力抗争,在比赛中表现了最佳状 态。能看到如此多的家长到场为孩子们加油助威我 们十分振奋,家长们的鼓励为孩子们提供了重要的 动力。经过一整天的激烈比赛,四支队伍成绩不分上 下,在最终决定胜负的接力比赛后, Water队获得了 最后的胜利,这是5年来,Water队第一次赢得冠军。 我们要向帮助我们举办此次活动的运动会组委会表 示特别感谢,感谢参加运动会的所有老师、家长以及 学生们。祝贺大家度过了愉快的一天!


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Sports Day 2012 BIBS Celebrates Sports Day Despite the Rain By Isabella Han, Young Reporter


here was an exciting ‘Sport Day’ on Saturday, May 12, 2012. There are many kinds of sport games. Many students and parents went to the Sports Day. There are also many sports games on Sports Day. “I think it was a good Sports Day,” said Audrey, who is in the Water team. “I think it was a good Sports Day because water team won again.” But not everybody thought that it was really a very good Sports Day. “I don’t think it was a very good Sports Day, (not bad, but not very good) because the Wind team on grade three were saying words like: ‘You guys are cheating, it is not fair to us!’ and I think that wasn’t nice and they were not nice to my team,” said Emma, who is a Grade 3 student on the Fire team. I had also asked a fourth grade student in Wind team. “I think this Sports Day is not good and not bad, ” said Winnie. “ It was not very good because the field was wet and I think that is very disgusting. Something that made this Sports Day not bad was that Wind team was not the last.” Some people also thought that was a good Sport Day even though their team did not win. “I think that was a good Sports Day because I like sports,” said Sonia, a third grader on Earth team. There were many games at Sports Day. There was the one-hundred meter race, re-lay race, throwing bags into hoola hoops, jumping in bags, knock down chairs, and throwing basket ball into net, amongst others. “I think it will be a good Sports Day next year if the teachers make students more quiet and don’t let them run around,” said third grader Christine. “And if the teachers can make Sports Day more quiet, then many students like me will like Sports Day.” STUDENTS DIDN’T MIND GETTING A BIT WET WHEN PLAYING THE SPONGE RELAY

A Day in Pictures





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Athletic Department Update

Gigantic Results Beanstalk students continued their participation in ISAC and JISAC tournaments, achieving some great results ■ By Andrew Sobol


his year proved to be a success for the BIBS Giants on the field. The school had record participants in all teams that competed this year. Big improvements were made in the U/11 soccer teams, handball teams, badminton, table tennis, athletics, tball and softball teams. Special thanks to the sports committee, Ms. Wayne, Ms. Kabade, Mr. Berti , Mr. Andrew and to other teachers who helped coach throughout the year: Mr. Casey, Ms. Jenny, Ms. Hsieh , Ms. Janda, Mr. Tataryn and Mr. Cormack, your help was greatly appreciated. We hope to see you all out there on the field and track again next year. 今年是青苗Giants队的胜利之年。 学校将今年的所有参加比赛的选手都 记录在册。U/11足球队、手球队、羽 毛球队、乒乓球队、棒球队和垒球队 取得了很大进步。特别感谢学校的体 育委员会:Ms. Wayne, Ms. Kabade, Mr. Berti , Mr. Andrew以及所有今年帮助训 练的老师们:Mr. Casey, Ms. Jenny, Ms. Hsieh , Ms. Janda, Mr. Tataryn 和 Mr. Cormack,我们非常感激大家的付出,也 希望能在明年的田径比赛中再次看到 大家。

ISAC Badminton March 17th: For the second consecutive year, BIBS participated in the ISAC U/11 Boys Badminton event held at BCIS. For the second year in a row BIBS claimed first position! Congratulations to Michael Y from grade 5 who successfully navigated his way through the draw then went on to win all his final matches to claim top spot. BIBS also collected first position in the boys’ doubles! Congratulations to Michael Y and Foo Say Wayne (grade 4) who went through the doubles undefeated, finishing top in their pool division then sweeping the finals series. Both boys put in a lot of hard work, effort and determination 10 weeks prior to the event with their coach Mr. A at lunch and recess times. Well done boys, hard work does pay off! 3月17日ISAC 羽毛球赛 ——青苗连续 第二年参加了在乐成国际学校举行的ISAC U/11男子羽毛球比赛。在连续两年的比赛 中,青苗代表队都夺得了第一名。祝贺五 年级的Michael Y从开始时的平局到所有 决赛局的胜利,一路艰辛走过,最终 获 得了比赛的冠军。除此之外,青苗还获得 了男子双人比赛的冠军! 祝贺Michael Y 和四年级的 Foo Say Wayne在双人比赛中取得了不败战绩,席 卷了决赛的冠军。在比赛之前的10周里, 他们和教练一起利用午饭和休息时间辛勤 练习,为比赛付出了辛劳、努力。终于, 辛勤的汗水得到了应有的回报。祝贺你 们,孩子们! JISAC U/9 T-ball and U/11 Softball April 18th This year the Giants again fielded strong teams in this event. In total the school had 4 teams with over 60 students participating. A record number of 6 schools competed in



this years’ tournament. The standard of competition was very high and all teams claimed a trophy. Unfortunately it was not 1st place, however the school did record 2nd and 3rd positions in both the U/9 and U/11’s. Congratulations to all the students and coaches who helped on the day. 4月18日JISAC U/9 棒球和U/11垒球比 赛——今年Giants 队派出了超强阵容。 学校共有4支球队,60名学生参赛。据统 计,6所国际学校参与了今年比赛的对 决。比赛非常正规,水平和标准都很高, 所有球队都为奖杯而战。虽然学校没有获 得冠军,但是在U/9 和U/11比赛中,学校 获得了第二、第三名。我们向所有参加比 赛的学生和教练们表示衷心的祝贺! JISAC U/9 T-ball and U/11 Softball May 26th This was the last JISAC event of the year and once again the Giants did not disappoint. The school fielded 3 teams, 2 U/9 and 1 U/11 team. Again each team played exceptionally well and they walked away with 3 trophies. U/9 Team 1 claimed 1st place, U/9 Team 2 claimed 3rd place and the U/11 team claimed 1st place. Well done to all those players who participated. Special thanks to all the parents and coaches who helped on the day. 5月26日JISAC U/9 棒球和U/11垒球 比赛——这是今年的最后一场JISAC比 赛,Giants代表队再次不负众望。学校派 出了3支队伍,2支参加U/9比赛,1支参 加U/9比赛。每支球队都如预期的表现非 常出色,总揽了3项奖杯:第1支U/9代表 队获得冠军,第2支U/9代表队获得第三 名,U/11代表队获得冠军。每位参赛选手 表现都非常棒。我们向到场参加活动的家 长和教练们表示特别感谢!

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Bug Work

A Bug’s Life Reception students learn about creepy crawlies in their last Unit of Inquiry


s the school year comes to an end, the students of reception are learning how to enter the summer months with a new form of respect and appreciation for our planet. Through various activities, such as a nature walk and a field trip to the Qicai Butterfly Garden, students will learn how to identify and categorize various insects that live in our environment. As we finish our unit on insects, the students will leave knowing that all creatures are important to maintaining the life cycle of our planet.

学年即将结束之际,学 前班的孩子们正在学习 如何用一种新的、对 地球满怀尊重和感激的方式度过 夏季。通过丰富多彩的活动,比 如:漫步大自然和到七彩蝴蝶花 园的实地考察,学生们学习到如 何识别和区分我们生活的环境中 不同种类的昆虫。当我们结束昆 虫单元,学生们将了解到,所有 物种对维持地球的生态平衡都起 到了重要作用。

Students in Reception classes worked hard and played learning about bugs



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Units of Inquiry:

A Year in Review


rade one students have been working hard all year on different units of inquiry. They have thoroughly enjoyed the inquiry process and their inquisitve natures have soared! We started the year with the unit “Who We Are”, looking at how community members work together. During the unit “Where we are in time and place”, the children compared things of the past and present. Students also investigated different forms of matter during the unit “How the World Works”. In the unit “Sharing the Planet”, students looked at different ways to help reduce, reuse, and recycle. Students in all classes started mini gardens with different types of plants. “How We Express Ourselves” was a unit where students looked at the purpose of writing and different forms of writing such as poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. The grade one students have done some amazing work this year!

1年级的孩子们在这一学年 学习了丰富多彩的探究单元。他 们充分体验了探究的过程,孩子 们喜欢探究的天性在学习中得到 了充分的发挥。学年开始我们学 习了“我们是谁?”的探究单 元,旨在了解团体成员如何共同 合作。在“世界如何运转”、“ 共享地球”等单元,学生们从不 同的方面帮助实现减少废弃物、 回收利用和循环使用。所有学生 用各种植物制作了迷你花园。“ 我们如何表达自我”单元教会学 生理解书写的目的以及不同形式 的书写,比如诗歌、小说和记叙 文。1年级的学生在本学年表现 都十分出色。

“How the World Works”

Above: “Sharing the Planet” Right: “ Where we are in Time and Space”

Right: “How we express ourselves” Far Right: “How we Organize ourselves”

“Who we are”

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World Wide Travellers Grade 2 students learned about different modes of transportation in their last unit of inquiry


tudents in grade 2 studied transportation in their Inquiry unit “Where we are in place and time”. The teachers were impressed by the prior knowledge and experience the students have at such a young age. They are already seasoned world travelers! Students completed timelines of transportation throughout history and in their personal lives. They compared different modes of transportation and discussed the pros and cons of each type. They used transportation language to create fictional stories. A surprise letter in the mail from 2ES’ penpals gave them an opportunity to predict and research how many forms of transportation an envelope used to travel from Chicago to Beijing! In this unit, students were also challenged to design a future form of transportation. All grade 2 students developed valuable science and history research skills while completing assignments for this unit.

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年级的学生从“我们在时空中 的位置”这一探究单元中学习 了运输。任课教师为孩子们的 已有知识和经验感到惊讶:别看他 们一个个小小年纪,却已经是经验 丰富的全球旅行者了!

学生们完成了历史和个人生 活中的运输大事记。他们对比了 不同的运输方式并讨论了每种运 输方式的利弊。他们使用运输工 具进行故事创作。一封来自2ES班 笔友的信为孩子们创造了新的学 习机会,他们对这个信封从芝加 哥到达北京可能的运输方式进行 了推测和研究。 在这一单元,学生们还挑战 了设计未来的运输方式。所有2年 级的学生在完成本单元作业的过 程中,他们对于科学和历史研究 技能都得到了发展。

Left: Grade 2 students invented their own means of transportation. Top: ChaCha, 2MP, wrote a story about a boat.



A student from 2ES cuts out a Korean flag on Multicultural Day. Teachers used the event to reinforce day to reinforce concepts being learned in class.

Pictorial: Hard at Work


Grade 3


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The Mystery of the Missing Mouse

O Cover Art By:

Brian Tobler

True Authors Grade 3 Students Publish Their Short Stories

By Emma Liu, 3 AJ

ne clear morning, in a little cottage lived a little boy named Chris. He had a pet cat that always peeked in Chris’s computer. As usual, Chris walked towards his computer to do his work on his computer but found something was missing! He looked everywhere to see what was missing. Suddenly he cried out “Oh no! My mouse has disappeared!” His mom heard his cry so she decided to send Chris and his cat to look for the mouse. He searched and searched until he was tired and so was his cat. So they rested on the tall grass. Soon they fell asleep. THey slept and slept until it was midnight. They got up and continued searching... Suddenly Chris saw something! It was a line, a pring of his computer mouse!

Chris and his cat followed the path. After a while, the path stopped and turned into paw prints. So they looked up and in front of them stoof a huge cave. When they stepped into the cave the sound echoed. Then they heard a roar. “Who’s there?” Chris’s cat shivered. “We come in peace,” Chris cried. “Ok, then what are you up to?” asked a lion. Chris began, “when I wanted to do my work I couldnt find my mouse, so...” Chris didn’t finish his line, as the lion burst into tears also murmuring “Sorry I accidentally swallowed your mouse, but don’t worry I have a book about making ‘em and you can have it!” “Thanks,” said Chris as they skipped into the night sky.


rade 3 students just finished a creative Literacy unit about short stories. Students learned about the parts of a story and edited their work before “publishing” their final draft. Students understood that the writing process requires them to make changes, add detail and look to others for constructive criticism. After a lot of hard work, students became writers and illustrators creating their very own short story books.

3年级的学生们刚刚结束了 创造性文学单元关于短篇小说的 学习。学生们学习了关于故事的 结构组成并对将要“发表”的最 终草稿进行了修改。学生们了解 到写作的过程需要进行不断地修 改,增加细节以及向他人请教有 建设性的意见。经过不断地努 力,学生们以小作家和插画家的 身份,创造了属于他们自己的短 篇小说集。

My Hamster The Beginning of a short story by Lilly 3MP

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Grade 4

Migration Through the Ages Grade 4 students studied about migrations in their Unit of Inquiry, and celebrated Literacy with poems and book reports!


n our latest unit on migration, Grade 4 have explored the reasons why people move and the effect this has had on them and indigenous populations. In particular, we have focused on the case study of Australia by finding out more about different perspectives of what happened when Aboriginal Australians and the British first met. Our unit has also involved learning about how migration has impacted on the development of Beijing, through a field trip to the Capital Museum. 我们的上一个探究单元的主题 是“移民”。4年级的学生们探究了 人类迁移的原因以及迁移对他们及 当地居民的影响。我们以澳大利亚 迁移为研究案例,从多个角度研究 了澳大利亚土著居民与英国人最初 相遇时候的场景。 我们的单元还涉及到移民对北 京发展的影响,并实地参观了首都 博物馆

In 4AF, Pranav, Matthew (both pictured), Wayne and Joon researched, produced and performed a play on what happened when the British first arrived in Australia 标题:在4AF班, Pranav, Matthew,Wayne 和 Joon研究、设计并用舞台剧展现了英 国人第一次抵达澳大利亚时候的场景。



n literacy, students have explored and written many different styles of poems. Included have been shape poems, acrostic poems, haikus and limericks. Students have learnt how to more effectively use descriptive and sensory language, rhythm and rhyme to capture the feeling of a poem. 在语文课上,学生们研究并 习作了不同类型的诗歌。包括成 型的诗篇、离合诗、俳句以及打 油诗等。学生们还学习了如何更 有效地运用描述语、感官语言、 韵律来表达诗中的情感。

QUOTE Today I saw a moving island


in the sea. They were some ghosts on that island. They were wearing very strange things. Where did they find the red leaves for their clothes? Why did they cover their feet? What are the little round things on their red leaves? Where do they come from? Why do these ghosts come to our tribe and bring their ghost babies? Are they friends of our enemy? Why are there no trees on that little island? Why do those ghosts have blue eyes? Are they really ghosts? Amanda Zhang, 4AF imagining the perspective of an Aboriginal person when the British first arrived in Australia



Ballons by Michelle Li (4MR) and Tiger by _ (4MR)

Literacy Week For Literacy Week, 4JK wrote book reviews on their favorite books. This book cover was drawn by Julia Sha for her book review on Mummies in the Morning - The Magic Tree House. 在文学周,4JK班的学生为自己最喜爱的书写了 读书笔记。这张封面是Julia Sha为她自己创作的《木 乃伊之谜》的书评而设计的,题为《魔力树屋》。



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Grade 5

The Work

A Traveller’s Diary

Words by Mark Yu Preface by Mr. Mac Pictures by Mr. Cormack

Grade 5 Goes to Xian This past May, Grade 5 took the yearly trip to Xi’An. It was an educational and fun experience, which all the students thoroughly enjoyed. The teachers also thought the trip was quite rewarding and had a pleasant time, with perhaps the exception of the 14 hour overnight train ride! The following is one student’s recount of the trip. 2012年5月, 5年级的学生们参加了学校 组织西安旅行。这是一次具有教育意义的、 有趣的旅行经历,所有学生受益匪浅。参加 旅行的老师们也认为这次旅行非常有意义, 每位参加者都很享受此次旅行,当然,这要 除去14小时的漫长火车路程,下面是学生们 对本次旅行的文字记叙。——Mr. Mac

May 14th, 2012

We were on our way to Xi’an today. After lunch, I went to school with my backpack. Everybody was so excited. They thought and talked about the trip to Xi’an cheerfully. Some people had been to Xi’an before, but they still wanted to go to Xi’an with their friends. At 1:15pm, we went to the train station. This was my first time to leave my home for five days. That’s really a long time! At 4:40, we took train T41 to Xi’an. I played card games on the train with my friends until night time. I was very sleepy. I closed my eyes. I hoped when I open my eyes again, we’d be in Xi’an.

May 15th, 2012

We went to see the Terracotta Warriors

Grade 5 students went to Xian for three days during May. They travelled with their teachers and had a great time seeing the many things that Xian has to offer.

today. I learnt a lot of things. In 1987, the Terracotta Warriors had 8 kinds of figurines. They are sergeant figurines, standpipe shot figurines, kneeling figurines, warriors, matrimony figurines, cavalry figurines, equestrian figurines and senior matrimony figurines. Our English tour guide gave us one hour free time to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum by ourselves. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum is very large. There are 3 parts to the museum. Most of the Terracotta Warriors are in the first part. The Terracotta Warriors are very old, but they look very new. They are made of pottery, but they look like a strong troop from a thousand years ago! In the afternoon, we went to Lishan. I think Lishan is a good place. There are some used tanks, battle planes, and helicopters along the way to Lishan. I entered into a battle plane by myself, that was really cool! There are beacon towers at top of the Lishan, I came to think about the battles that occurred many years ago when I was standing on the beacon towers.

May 16th, 2012

Today was a nice day. We went to the Famen Temple. It was a place about Buddhism. First, we saw a pool. Some rock elephants were near the pool. Then we looked a long way to the gold temple. We called it “The Way of Fuoguang”. There are some

gold bodhisattvas sitting by “The Way of Fuoguang”. Our destination was the gold temple. When we arrived at the gold temple, it was 12:00. We saw the relics of Sakyamuni. That’s really a treasure! In the afternoon, we went to the Hua Qing Pool. Tang Xuan Zong and Concubine Yang took bath here many years before. It was very useful. In the evening, we went to the Zi Jing Building to watch the largest water curtain movie in the world—Monkey King. I thought it was very interesting.

May 17th, 2012

Today was our last day in Xi’an. We went to the Da Yan Pagoda. Da Yan Pagoda is a very famous pagoda in China. It was a very important place in Buddhism. We went to the Ming City Wall too. The Ming City Wall is the most complete city wall in China. It is 13.75km long. Ming City was a famous city wall in medieval times. Tony and I tried to walk all around the wall, but it was too far. Although it was too hot and we were super tired, we would like to say that we had a special experience on our walk. When we were back to the bus, we both felt thirsty and almost died from the heat! Mr. Mac was so nice that he bought us drinks. Thank you, Mr. Mac! The drinks came just at the right time! In the evening, we went back to Beijing, I like this trip. I think this was a nice trip!

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Oh the Places You’ll Go! BIBS Senior School celebrates the first graduates in its short history: Michael Ma and Nikiruka Nwosu 青苗初/高中部举行了建校以来第一届毕业生 毕业典礼。毕业生有: Michael Ma and Nikiruka Nwosu



Senior Schools INTERVIEW with Michael Ma

“I’m pretty lazy but not when it comes to art”

Graduate Profiles

Michael Ma


got accepted to the California College of Arts, and will be leaving Beijing in August and going there this summer. What I look forward to most when I go is the opportunity of meeting different people from different backgrounds. I could improve my Photoshop skills, gain a deeper understanding of the elements and principals of design, learn the his-



tory of design and where contemporary design is heading, and study how designers can work in many fields to improve and enrich our lives. My greatest fear of going there would be taking the courses that I choose, and finding them too difficult. I think the biggest challenge for me would be being away from family and friends in Beijing. There’s just a lot to miss in Beijing. However I think I will be able too get used to a new environment very fast. I chose my university because it is a good art school with great courses, and located in a good area, with good weather all year. I chose the course of graphic design because I can combine my creativity with painting and photo taking skills and creative pieces of work, that’s why I chose this course, and its also something that I’m good at. I can eventually work at an advertising agency and design advertisements.

No. of Years at BIBS: 2 years Next Move after BIBS Art College in the United States in Oakland, California. Best Subject at BIBS: Art Best thing Learnt at BIBS Maths Advice to BIBS students: Don’t sleep in class! Stay Alert!!

Memories of BIBS

Worst Memory: Sleeping on the Great Wall – too cold! Best Memory: Taking photos when everybody else is running on the track Will I miss BIBS? Yes! Taking pictures for the year book throughout the year was fun and I loved it! Word I use most. Um…um… Favourite TV programme: How I Met Your Mother Funniest thing at BIBS: A door broke open when I kicked it! How I’d like to be remembered : The photographer

INTERVIEW with NIKIRUKA or INKI “Crazy, funny, outgoing!”

Graduate Profiles

Nikiruka Nwosu


got accepted to a school in Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and I will be leaving for the school in September. I choose this university because it had the courses I wanted which is Computer Software Engineering. The school location is very good and it has all the features I want a university to have. I am really looking forward to going to the school. I have heard a lot about it, and I have done my research about the school to know what the university is all about. Going to a University as freshmen I have some fears and worries. My fears

and worries are to do with the courses that might be very hard, and I don’t want to fail. I have to focus really hard on my work which is somewhat hard for me to do, but I will try my best. My challenges with regard to moving to university are being away from my family. I will miss them a lot because I have never been away from them for a long period of time. Another challenge will be getting used to the academic environment. However I think I will make it through university and overcome all the challenges that come my way. Like I always say “Life is full of challenges you just have to face them as they come your way.” I have heard about what university is all about. It is now time to experience this on my own. I am a little scared and worried about university life but I think I’m ready to face what comes my way. I know I will give my best to everything I do there, and I am now ready to accomplish my years in university, and become a successful woman.

Where I was born: Abuja, Nigeria spent 4 years in Houston, Texas, 4 years in Tokyo, Japan, before coming to Beijing. No. of Years at BIBS 1½ years Next move after BIBS: Going to Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics to study Software Engineering. After university would like to open a business back in Nigeria Best thing learnt at BIBS: Maths Best Subject at BIBS English because it’s interesting. My favorite things were acting out stories and doing descriptive writing What will I miss BIBS? My voice and my contribution in Student Councils The Word I use most. “like” Do you likr reading? What is your favourite book? Yes. “Tell tale Heart”: Edgar Allan Poe; and other short stories; “Angela’s Ashes” Frank McCourt Advice to BIBS students? Enjoy Senior school days - make them count! What do you think about the name Beanstalk? Should be Beijing International Bilingual School

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English Sherry Tang is a 9th Grade student at BIBS Senior School and a prolific writer. Check out the great work she has been doing in her English classes this year. Sherry Tang 是青苗初/高中部9

年级的一名非常具有写作天赋的学 生。下面展示的是她今年在英语课 上的学习成果。

■ By Barbara Mui


s we approach the end of the school year, it is time for reflection for all of teachers here at the BIBS Senior School. In the English department, we are reviewing our units of study, reflecting on lessons that worked, and thinking about ways to improve and build on our teaching plans for the next coming academic year. I have encouraged the students in my classes to do the same and would like to showcase Sherry Tang’s reflection on her English class this year. Sherry is a Grade 9 student at the senior school. This semester, the Grade 9 class read Things Fall Apart, an IB approved

text for the study of literature which is widely read and studied in high school classrooms all over the world. Despite the complex themes presented in the book, the students tackled analyzing the text with aplomb. In addition to literature analysis, students in Grade 9 learned a variety of reading and writing strategies in preparation for the IGCSE exams. As a part of coursework, Sherry wrote original pieces of creative work and academic essays that highlight her gift as a writer. In the following article written by Sherry, she shares her experience in English class this semester.

随着学期末的到来,青苗 初/高中部的所有老师们开 始了本学期的反思总结。 在英语教研组,我们重温每个单元的 学习、反省课程教学以及考虑如何建 立和改进下一学年的教学计划。我已 经鼓励我班里的学生们做同样的工 作,并希望向大家展示Sherry同学对 本学年英语课的反思。

Sherry是9年级的学生。这一 学期,9年级阅读了Things Fall Apart,这篇文章是IB核准的文 学课课文,在世界各地的高中广 泛使用。尽管书中呈现了复杂的 主题,学生们沉着的对文章进行 了合理的分析。另外,9年级的 学生也在文学分析中学到了为 IGCSE考试做准备的各种阅读和 写作技巧。作为指定功课的一部 分,Sherry原创的富有创造性的 作品和学术论文展现了她成为一 名作家的天赋。在下面这篇由 Sherry写的文章中,她分享了本 学期英语学习的经历和体验。 Sherry and other Senior School students participated in the International School Poetry Showcase during the BookWorm International Literary Festival



Descriptive Writing Sunset This is a descriptive composition Sherry wrote for her IGSCE portfolio. The students were given photos of various travel destinations and asked to write a two paragraph description of a photo using imagery, similes and metaphors. Here is Sherry’s beautifully written descriptive composition. 这是Sherry为IGCSE作业完成的描述性作文。学生们被要求描写自己手中的 各种旅行目的地的照片,并运用形象化、明喻和暗喻等方法写两段描述性的 文字。下面是Sherry完成的文笔优美的作品。



he sun follows its orbit, hiding behind the darkness of the mountains, like an embarrassed little girl. A few beams of the sunshine sneak out from under the crevices of the mountains, sparkling and reflecting from the surface of the sea like little pieces of a mirror, right beside the foot of a sleeping giant.

The golden and dusty-blue clouds mix together, forming an enormous puzzle covering the sky. The early evening is alive with the sound of birds, twittering and repeating. The leaves rustle in the wind, blending with the tweets and composing a symphony. The wind carries salty foam from the sea, tangling with the damp sand, and producing a sweet smell of living earth.

Poetry Forbidden Freedom This is the poem that Sherry performed at The Bookworm International Literary Festival: International Schools Poetry Showcase. Using poetry devices like onomatopoeia (words that describe sound), imagery (words that appeal to the 5 senses), and repetition (repeating of a poetical line), Sherry wrote and performed her first piece of poetry.

这首诗是Sherry在“书虫国际文学节”上提交的作品。“书虫国际文学节”是 国际学校的诗歌艺术展。运用诗歌技巧,如拟声(表现声音的词)、形象化(表达 感官感受的词)以及重复(重复诗的句子),Sherry写作并朗诵了这首诗的第一章 节。

Forbidden Freedom Sneak out of my private prison and into peace Into Neverland Light up a flame throughout my way Seek a key to rouse the sleeping beast The neon lights light up the night And turns the moonlight into sunshine Step in the entrance of the Venemous Serpent Clicking, clicking It’s getting higher and higher High enough to touch the sparkling stars Clicking, clicking It dilates my heart beat Pumping, pumping Feet shaking hands sweating Holding tightly to the handrail I can hear it, the pumping and the clicking Louder and Louder Faster and Faster WHOOOOOSH The wind passes through my hands Stick with me from top to the end

Historical Fiction Diary of the Explorer This is a creative piece of work Sherry wrote for IGCSE Directed Writing tasks. The students were directed to write a diary entry as a historical character from 1913 aboard a ship that is locked in the frozen sea. Here is Sherry’s interpretation of the assignment. 这是Sherry为IGCSE定向写作任 务进行的创造性写作。学生们被引导 作为一名1913年的历史人物,完成它 乘船被困在冻结的海上时写下的日 记。下面是Sherry对这一作业的诠 释。 A diary of the explorer Great God! What awful news! I can’t believe that someone got to the North Pole before us. What a huge pity! We spent such a long time staying in this kind of extremely bad weather, and we failed. I don’t know what to do. There are only two choices, going back to camp and leave here, or continue. It will be a big challenge if we continue because of the weather. The days are extremely cold and dark outside, and it snows almost everyday. I barely can see the people who are standing ten feet away from me. And it is meaningless if we continue. Food is also another problem. But if we give up, people in my group may feel upset or even hopeless. No one wants to give up when we are so close to the North Pole. We can’t be the first group, which reach the North Pole, but we can be the second. So maybe I should continue. Well, it will be a hard work. Pray God we can get there! Hope the weather will be better tomorrow and let us come back safely.

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SMART! Eploration through Art Igcse Theme: “Preparing

The Art Teacher



Anna Davies is the Art Teacher at the Senior School. For this edition of the BIBStalk she has chosen works from her 9th Grade IGCSE Students










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