Year 10 Alternate Program for Term 4

During the final weeks of Term 4, our Year 10 students engaged in a range of enrichment activities. Although this alternate program is arranged every year for post-exam Year 10 students, there were some exciting additions for 2019.

To support their preparation for their Year 11 courses of study, Week 9 began with a ‘Senior Studies Day’ on Monday 2nd December. Teachers facilitated workshops and delivered presentations throughout the day to share information and study tips regarding our HSC, IBDP and Careers programs. The 2019-20 transition prefects, Emily and Rohana, also co-ordinated two engaging Q & A sessions with the incoming IB and HSC students, which offered a valuable insight into the courses through the eyes of our current Year 11 cohort.

Year 10 enjoyed a diverse range of activities centred around one of the IBDP core components: Creativity, Action and Service on Wednesday of Week 9. With high spirits, the group started their day with a hike at Lion Rock. Other activities included yoga with Mrs Barbarah Dudman, Mindfulness with Ms Bernadette Spencer, a Drugs and Alcohol Awareness workshop from the KELY group and a creative challenge between House groups. The day drew to a close with a fun farewell party on the Green Roof for our departing Year 10 students: Claudia, Jaxon, Alex, Jakob and Georgia.

The final instalments of the alternate program came in the form of two high quality science presentations on Thursday 5th December. Mr Lee Taylor gave a well-received presentation on the senior science options for study in 2020, which was followed by an excellent talk from a guest speaker. AISHK was delighted to host a lecture from Professor Kok Wai Cheah from HKBU on solar and exoplanetary systems.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our Year 10 students for their flexibility and engagement during the changes to routine in Term 4. The tenacity and team spirit demonstrated by this year group is a measure of their success so far and a sign of great things to come.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our Year 10 students and families, and all the best for 2020!

Aileen O’Donnell | Year 10 Head of Year

Student Report: Crossroads Foundation Visit

Due to the cancellation of the 2019 Work Experience program for the students of Year 10, teachers readily implemented an alternate program which included an excursion to Crossroads Foundation in Tuen Mun. Crossroads Foundation is a non-profit organisation, based here in Hong Kong, which aims to help those in need by providing connections and support to people in difficult circumstances in Hong Kong and in developing countries. Aside from this, they also run immersive experiences to help abled and financially secure people to gain an insight into how people in different situations live.

The ‘Global X-perience’ that the Year 10s completed was the ‘Struggle For Survival’. During the hour-long simulation, we created simple paper bags made of newspaper and homemade glue (wheat flour mixed with water) to gain small sums of money. With this money, students had to afford food, slum rent, bathrooms (which were optional), healthcare, and schooling. If they were unable to pay for these necessities of life, they would do anything in order to live for one more simulated week: by selling their phones, jewellery, shoes, and finding ways to survive by any means necessary. Even though the simulation did tackle some pretty intense ideas of current-day poverty, it was an extremely insightful learning experience for everyone involved, teachers and students alike.

We would like to thank Crossroads Foundation for giving us this powerful insight into the challenging situations faced by many, even in our modern world, and Mr David Begbie for being a wonderful guide and teacher to us all.

Jade Busch | 10E