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Graduation Trip: How much freedom did the teachers allow?

By Crystal

Teachers and adult chaperones often worry about the safety of students, thus resulting in less freedom. However, this is the GRADUATION trip we are talking about. The students are 12 years old! To some people, the graduation trip is to get away from parents and well… to become mature. The chaperones were protective and gave us a curfew of 10:30pm; right after shower time. Consequently, most people didn’t get to hang out or have a pillow fight with friends.

To understand the situation more clearly, The Lemur polled 20 students on how much freedom they received, on a scale of 1~10, with 1 being the least,

While 10% chose 1 and 5% chose 2, no one chose 3 or 4 and 2 people chose 5 and 15% chose 6. The most popular number was 7, with 30% of the votes. 15% chose 8 and 9 and no one chose ten. Apparently the chaperones didn’t give enough freedom worthy of a “10.”

In conclusion, students should have more free time to enjoy themselves on graduation trips. Maybe the school will let the following graduates have more freedom.

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Thoughts & Comments: Boys on Grad Trip

 By William Wang

 

James’ 1st day “ I thought everything was okay but it was too hot and I wanted to stay indoors with AC.” James’ 2nd day “ It was very fun because of the roller coasters, but I couldn’t ride everyone of them because of the big rain.”
Jackie’s 1st day “I thought it was every fun because we get to build a chair, but I wanted to continue stay indoors because outside was too hot.” Jackie’s 2nd day “The roller coaster was so fun and the Turkish ice cream was very delicious, I actually ate four of them.”
Shawn’s Yin 1st day “It was very fun, especially the DIY and prank calling other rooms but the bad part is that my friend Lowell couldn’t eat a lot of food because it was mostly seafood.” Shawn Yin’s 2nd day “It was also very fun but I was sad that my friend Lowell couldn’t ride the scary ones because he slept too late.”
Joy Chen’s  1st day “The first day was fun because we get to have a pillow fight that lasted 2 hours and play iphone for 4 hours, but I thought the guide was very creepy because she keeps on drawing other people’s faces while getting the wrong answer.” Joy Chen’s 2nd day “The second day was more fun than the first day because I rode on a lot of scary ride and it was fun in the amusement park. The turkish ice cream in the amusement park was also very good. I ate it upside down, but the negative side is that I couldn’t go on some of the rides because I felt uncomfortable.”
William Wang’s 1st day “ The fun part in the first day is that I had a pillow fight with my roommates and we pranked call other rooms. One of the rooms even believed us about getting pizza. But the bad part is that I kept on sweating because it was too hot so I felt very uncomfortable about the sweat.” William Wang’s 2nd day “The second day was also very fun, we want to an amusement park and I went on the scariest rides in the park but I was kind of sad that the trip ended.”

Graduation Trip: A Roller Coaster Ride

By Katelyn Chen

The destination of the 2015 IBSH 6th grade graduation trip was Nantou, and the students weren’t really looking forward to it. The trip had a rough start, with the tour guides screaming at us to keep quiet. We thought that the whole trip would be filled with adults giving strict rules. However, the trip was much better than we expected. Consequently, we had tons of fun.

When we got on the bus, we took out our phones and iPads expecting the tour guide to start playing a boring movie. Suddenly, Banana, the tour guide, started talking and playing games with us. We had to list cartoons, characters, things that are round, and many others. Those games distracted us from our electronics, and everyone enjoyed it.

We drove for about three hours to our first destination, the Grove Experience Factory. There was a tour guide that introduced us to the trains and surroundings, then brought us to the DIY place. We made a wooden stool, but it wasn’t as good as we expected. We only got to glue, screw and hammer things that were previously prepared, and draw with a frame they provided.

After leaving the Grove Experience Factory, we went to eat lunch at this big restaurant. Eight classes came to the graduation trip (including the Chinese side), so there was a lot of people in the restaurant. While we were eating it was very noisy, and the tour guides were very strict and we were not allowed to speak AT ALL while eating.

When we finally finished eating lunch, we were already one hour behind schedule. We walked to the Chelungpu Fault Preservation Park, and began a tour of the museum. A movie was played and we got to see real faults. It would have all been very interesting if we haven’t already went there during fourth grade field trip.

At last, we went to the hotel. Six people shared a room, but it wasn’t as bad as we thought. There were four beds, so some people could sleep by themselves. The beds were on the floor, and instead of being upset about that, we all got super excited and started jumping up and down on the bed. Then, it was dinner time.

Dinner was the same situation as lunch, but after the dinner, there was going to be a party. We thought it would be a lame, boring party, but it turned out to be a BONFIRE! We sang songs and held competitions, and two hours just seemed to fly by. In the end, the MC called some people up, and the air was deadly silent. Everyone was afraid they would get in trouble, and some people cried. The MC started talking about the things they did, and we thought the party would end on a sour note. Suddenly, the MC shouted HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Everyone sighed in relief. Overall, the party was the best part of the trip.

Bonfire at the hotel
Bonfire at the hotel

The next day, we went to the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. We went on the cable car, and though it was exciting at first, we soon got frustrated because it took up two hours of our time. After the cable car, we separated into groups and started playing. Alice, Winnie, Reiko, and I went on the Mayan Adventure, a roller coaster that turns 360º. After that, we went on the UFO, a ride that falls from a 28 story drop. Then we went to the indoor facilities and played Space Mountain, the Pirate Ship, Carousel, and others. When it was finally time to leave, it was pouring outside. There was a dude passing out raincoats, so I quickly grabbed one from him and went. We got back onto the bus and drove back to school.

Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village

Even though the graduation trip had lots of negative parts, the trip was still very fun, and we are all looking forward to the ninth grade graduation trip! 😀

Sweet Field Trip Memories

By Mary SY

The IBSH Sixth Grade Graduation Trip was a lot of fun for the students, who shared memorable and funny moments. Especially since all the students had to share rooms, which gave them an opportunity to share time together. Here are some of the most weird and funny moments from the graduation trip.

4. Water Splash

When it was time to check-in, a group of silly girls rushed to their rooms. They put their bags on the floor and proceeded to checking how well the equipment works. A girl named Katelyn walked into the bathroom to check if the hot water works properly. She walked into the shower and turned on the faucet. Unfortunately, the showering head faced directly at poor Katelyn, and as she turned it on, it sprayed water all over her. Katelyn was surprised by the water and the water poured all over her face and clothes. After that, Katelyn quickly shut the door. Luckily, a brave girl named Mary rushed into the bathroom and turned of the water.

3. Girls Who Went “Bananas”

During the late evening, girls were pranking their friends. They were shining lights in other’s windows, knocking on doors, and bothering everyone. However, a 6A girl decided to do something extra special. She was wondering around, and suddenly noticed a banana. She picked up the banana, and rushed to the room close to the end of the hallway. She waited for someone to open the door, and when the opportunity came, she threw the disgusting banana inside the girl’s room. The girls in the room with the banana were freaking out! Then, one of the girls walked right on the banana and slipped, getting her pajamas dirty. In the end, they calmed down, restoring everything back to peace.

2. Prank Failure

While the other kids were quietly sleeping in their own rooms, some girls named Hina and Annie were playing around. Apparently, the girl were trying to call their tour guide, who had an unusual name in Chinese, which translated to English as “Banana.” As the two friends were trying to dial the number, they were distracted by the noise in the other room. As the girls returned their attention to the phone, they dialed a completely wrong number without realizing it.  On the other side of the phone, the person picked up the call. As the girls asked if that is Banana, the man replied with a confused “huh?” As the girls continued asking the same question, they finally noticed that was the wrong number, and apologized to the person. But who knows? Maybe the man was actually Banana, and he was prancing the girls?

1. When Stories Are Too Scary

While some kids fell asleep early, others were telling ghost stories late into the night. In one of the rooms, Ashley from 6A was telling a scary story to her fellow roommates. The girls were listening in complete darkness, which made the story even creepier. As Ashley said the final line, the tension built up.

” Then she asked, who killed you?” whispered Ashley. The girls were silent. After a little pause, Ashley finally said:

” You!” One of the girls screamed with terror. She rolled up in her blanket, and as the other fell asleep, she couldn’t manage to get the story out of her head. A few minutes later, the girl found herself the only one not sleeping in the room. She tried to wake up Ashley to help her, but the Ashley was fast asleep. Suddenly, Ashley turned around with a flashlight shining on her, while making a weird face. The girl was terrified and screamed once more. Eventually, the girl fell asleep as well, but that story will never leave her head.

Comment Parade: Graduation Trip

By Lexi

  • “The curfew was SO early!” screamed Crystal, 6B. “We didn’t have enough time to have a proper pillow fight!”

  • “The graduation trip was awesome, but the amusement park had too little rides. ” Katelyn, 6A said solemnly.

  • “The desserts were lame.  I expected more brownies, cupcakes, and cake,” complained Hina from 6A.

  • “I really liked the hotel rooms. The mattresses were really cool because they were placed on the ground and the wood plastered walls and ground made the room feel relaxed.” said Annie from 6A.

  • “At the campfire, the music and lights were too blaring loud and after I screamed for 1 hour, I couldn’t talk anymore.” said Katelyn, 6A.

  • “I ALMOST BARFED AFTER I RODE THE UFO!” screamed Kelly from 6A.  “It felt like my heart was blasting out of my body and I was weightless when I fell!”

  • “I wish the amusement park had more food choices. There were only Taiwanese food and a few Western styled food such as hot dogs and french fries.” said Lexi from 6A. “I just wish there were pizzas and mac n’ cheese…”

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.

Fabulous Singing Team: A Capella Performance

A Capella Performance Review

By: Mary

On Wednesday, March 18, an A Capella performance took place in the school gym of IBSH (International Bilingual School Hsinchu). The performance took place at 14:20, and everyone from both IBSH and NEHS attended the event. The performance was about two hours long, and even though the performers were all from Taiwan, they still sang different English pop hits such as “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Price Tag” by Jessie J. and others. In addition to that, the performers showed videos with A Capella performances from other countries like Australia, England, and the United States. There was also an activity for all the students, where the audience had to sing and clap their hands accordingly.

However, because of the disciplinarian from the Chinese side , the show started on a rather sad note. The woman was a teacher, and was extremely strict and mean. She screamed at the students like they were military soldiers, speaking in a very cold and rude tone. It took her fifteen minutes straight to explain to the audience that there would be absolutely no talking, whispering, laughing, or any kind of communication with their teacher or their neighbors. Moreover, the woman mentioned how there could be absolutely no sound heard from anyone, and if there was, that person would be severely punished with community service and their whole class would have to leave. Despite all that sorrow, when the show started, everyone was amazed by the performers’ beautiful voices.

“The performance was awesome, but there was too much unnecessary information about other A Capella shows that they mentioned.” says Katelyn, an IBSH sixth grader.

“I want more shows like this one; it was great!” Kelly, another 6th grader from IBSH says. As expected, the show was stunning, and the audience couldn’t believe how soft and sweet the singers’ voices were. I personally thought that I have never seen nor heard anything better than this show; even the teachers liked the show! I hope that in the future, our school will hold more shows like this to entertain and inspire the students.

Hi-Five: My Favorite Book

A Romantic Relationship; a Dangerous World

Divergent by Veronica Roth

By Hina Yu

Divergent book cover Did you read Divergent? Did you know that it was based on The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner?  Divergent was published in 2011 by Harper Collins; written by Veronica Roth, a New York Time’s best-selling author. This young-adult dystopian novel is full of adventure.  Divergent is suitable for readers aged 14 to 18. This book is about 16-year-old girl Tris that has a decision in the choosing ceremony, a ceremony where you decide on a faction. But little does she know that there will be danger ahead. Can she fight this danger? Or will her life end?

Please help us by commenting down below what you thought of the book. If you haven’t read it yet, you should!

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This book has an interesting  plot. The main plot in this book is about a faction (group) that invades another. I’v read many, many books, but have never went across a book where someone or something attacks the other. This attracted my attention and Divergent quickly became my favorite book. There are five factions in this group: Abnegation, Amity, Erudite, Candor, and finally, Dauntless. Among these groups, one is planning something. One of them is attacked, and the other one is used.  Read the rest to find out which group is doing what!
Abnegation The Selfless

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FOUR

There are many, many, many characters in this book and yet, I must tell you one of my favorite characters. The characters in this book all have something special in them. But, since we are on the the “fourth” category, I want to talk about Tris’s amazing instructor and boyfriend: Four. Four is a character most boys will probably admire the most in this book. He is brave, smart, kind ( in a not really kind way), and has a lot of respect for Tris. He has a lot of things he is hiding, but to know that, you must read the whole book and unravel the secrets one by one. I promise you that this won’t be boring and that you won’t be able to put it down till the very last page.
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Amity The Peaceful

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THREE

I love Divergent because it was also made into a movie, and also because the book’s cover looked really cool and the cover felt really smooth. I naturally love to touch book covers. The Divergent book I bought (you know that books have hardcovers and paper cover right?) was the one that says, “ A Major Motion Pictures In Theaters March 2014.” That brought me curiosity for how the movie will be like and how different it would be. The movie was awesome. You should totally go check it out if you haven’t watched it yet. (I will link down the movie in the the bottom. I am the type that don’t feel comfortable seeing violent things in real life where you can visually see everything. So I watched it (I’m young so please don’t criticize me for being a coward) and I freaked out. 🙂
Candor The Honest
Candor The Honest

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TWO

There is a part in the book where Tris starts losing some important figures in her life. When I read that, I felt like I could relate. I never went to a proper funeral yet because none of our family members passed away. However, I had lost some important furry, fluffy hamsters on the way and I was (like Tris,) heartbroken. The only difference was that I don’t feel guilt ripping me to pieces. Instead, I started blaming myself for some mistakes I had caused for my pets. This ending was very sad and I cried when some things happened. (Sorry guys! But you don’t get to know the ending ‘cause I can’t spoil it for you!) 😀
Erudite The Intelligent
Erudite The Intelligent

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ONE

I never. I repeat. I never had a favorite book character before. I never admired anyone in a book before either. But, after I read this book, I was awed by Tris’s bravery and the sacrifices she had to make in the book. I feel like we are alike in some ways. I am reckless and I don’t (or I should say rarely) feel like I need protection, I can be very stubborn and is curious. I am not quick to forgive.  Almost all of Tris’s personality and characteristics are reflected on me.  (You guys might also have some of her personality inside you. You never know.)
Dauntless-The Brave
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ENDING (thoughts and feelings about the Divergent trilogy)
I feel like Tris is my hero and that nobody should be angry about the actions she took in any of the Divergent trilogy. You shouldn’t criticize Veronica Roth for anything that she did in any book. You can burn the book if you feel like you don’t want to see it but you shouldn’t because that will be crossing the line. Also, you will be wasting your precious money! Cherish the book and feel special that you have read something. Even if it is a small accomplishment, feel proud of yourself.  And as Veronica Roth says it, “BE BRAVE.”
As I promised, here is the movie link: https://watch32hd.co/watch?v=divergent_2014#video=uA81ilr9Fgs7UKari5RUmclXQ0GfgQeIrod5c3lLVA4
(P.S This movie is completely free and I can’t do anything about the ads so yeah. This does not belong to me all rights go to the creators that made “Divergent”)

Did you know that I tried to make the text colors the same as the factions’ represented color?

Hi-Five: My Favorite Book

The Royal Son to the Rescue!

Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools By: Philip Caveney

By Mary SY

Darke: Prince of Fools by Philip Caveney, was published Random House in January 4, 2007. It is 272 pages of fantasy and adventure and perfect for children ages 10 to 14. This book takes place in Keladon, a magical land ruled by Princess Kerin, who is in danger of losing the throne. Fortunately, a young boy named Sebastian Darke intends to save the Princess, and together with friends find out who is behind all the misfortune in the kingdom. However, King Septimus, the king of the neighbor kingdom, intends to stop Darke and destroy Keladon.

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Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools has great development of the characters, both protagonists and antagonists. Each character starts his own adventure and learns a lesson through out the whole story. Not only the characters are taught to trust each other, but they also understand the importance of teamwork and friendship. But, don’t worry, you’ll definitely learn a great, valuable lesson!

The characters are described very attractive, in fact,
The characters are described very attractive, in fact, Princess Kerin is described to have the beauty of an angel.

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Prince of Fools has very descriptive vocabulary. Each words gives a very precise description of what is going, and the reader can easily identify what is going on. However, it leaves rooms for imagination too! The words create a picture of the setting and overall events, yet it depends on the reader to work out the details.

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Prince of Fools is a book for people who like to read thick, long books, yet anyone who wants can enjoy it.

3-HiFive   You will definitely how Prince of Fools has a creative story and great details in the plot. Nowadays, not many books out there include an actual princess being rescued! And even so the book is a bit confusing, the plot itself explains the story to the reader even if he doesn’t understand it.

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Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools has plot that isn’t similar to any other book I have read, it ‘s amazing!

2-HiFive   Even so this book is quite long, Prince of Fools is very easy to read. At first while reading the book, you will find the vocabulary hard, but later, you will love how easily readable it is. After you finish one chapter, you will just want to read more and more!

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This book is so fun and easy to read, even a small child would enjoy it!

1-HiFive   I love how the author of Prince of Fools created each character is completely different from the others. Every one of them is unique and their back stories will fascinate you! You will fall in love with the main character – he is brave, easy-going, and completely hilarious!

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This is the author of the Sebastian Darke Series- Philip Caveney.