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Hotel Review: Sleeping in the Wilderness

“Better than I had expected” -Tommy, 6A

Atayal Resort, Taiwan *** out of ****

By Jasper Chuang

     Atayal Resort, where 6th graders slept during the graduation trip, appeared to be nothing more than small cramped cabins. Although, many students said that it was cozy. However, they enjoyed themselves so much like monkeys, that the noise was not contained within the wooden walls. Thus, several students complained about the volume. In addition, many complained that the temperature in the cabins was very high, which most likely disturbed students’ sleep.

An example of an Atayal cabin, before the monkeys arrived.

Should the graduation trip be educational?

By Candace Lin

Many teachers say that the graduation trip should be educational, claiming that it’s learning, just out of school. But most students disagree with this logic. Why should the trip be educational? It’s a time for us to enjoy two fun and relaxing days, learn more about our classmates, and most of all, celebrate the end of elementary school.

Unfortunately, the graduation trip has passed and the “non-education” idea cannot be used in this year’s graduation trip for the 6th graders. But this change can still be made for the graduates to come. No student in his/her right mind would want a whole two-day trip of learning that makes the brain leak with boredom. The graduation trip is a time for us to have fun, before we get too old, since graduating means going into a higher grade.

If we just have “school” for the trip, it won’t really be a graduation celebration anymore. If it weren’t educational, we could take our minds off school for a couple days and live our life like it should be done. If our graduation trip is educational, it’ll be just like school, except for we aren’t limited to our own desk. It will be boring for students: countless touring, learning about Taiwan’s culture… we wouldn’t have the spirit to talk to each other or think properly. Even if we did listen to the guide, most of the information wouldn’t stick to our heads. If it did, there wouldn’t be too much we could do with it. If it weren’t educational, we could learn more about each other and have a great trip.

Lastly, the graduation trip is for showing that we are graduating, meaning graduating from school. Graduating means to complete a step or grade in school, so if our trip is educational, we aren’t really having a trip to graduate from school; we’re having it to progress in school – and progressing in school isn’t really celebrating the end of school. In fact, it’s not really a trip anymore, it’s more like a working trip. Translated, that’s just like a business trip, but for elementary students. It sounds demented, but if it’s educational, then that’s what the graduation trip really is: a trip for work.

Conclusively, the graduation shouldn’t be educational, in order for us to have a great two days. We can also learn more about other classmates we don’t normally talk to, and finally, be ourselves.

The Panther Prowl

By Lexi

On Wednesday, April 8th, IBSH’s National Honor Society hosted the Panther Prowl. This time, its theme was based on playing sports! The majority of students playing in the gym were mostly middle and high schoolers. While determined (students) hurled the frisbee around, blasting pop music was playing.

The events that took place in the Panther Prowl were dodgebee (dodgeball with a frisbee), hula hoop pass, and musical jeopardy. In the dodgebee game, resolute middle and high schoolers aimed the frisbee endlessly at the other team and crowed with victory whenever they’d killed an opponent. While this vicious game was carrying on, mixes of pop songs were relentlessly blasting.

Another event that was held at the Panther Prowl was the Musical Jeopardy. Each grade sent two representatives out to answer various questions related to pop music. The categories included ‘guessing the song’, ‘identifying the artist’, ‘guessing the lyrics’, and a mix of all the others.

The last event held was the “Hula Hoop Passing Game.” Grades three to six students had to send a group of people to go up and pass the hula hoop from the first person all the way to the last. Overall, it was really fun! Some people weren’t completely impressed with the event, but most people were screaming at the top of their lungs!