Most Students Begin Winter Holiday
The campus of CTBC International Academy is quiet, except for the teachers busily preparing materials for next semester. A few students are also remaining on campus to complete missed assignments or to further study more difficult concepts or language. The Academy requires students to stay and finish any work they may have missed due to illness or other reasons or if they did not gain a satisfactory understanding of course materials. The majority of students have returned home to various parts of Taiwan or have set off with family to vacations in Japan, Korea, Australia or other countries.
Sport Facilities at CTBC
Earth-movers are working on the school’s future sport facilities. Dirt is being smoothed and prepared for the baseball field. Also in the plans is a golf course, which may have 4 or 5 holes when complete and seems certain to get used regularly. Several CTBC students at the secondary level are accomplished golfers and there are undoubtedly more skilled players at the college level. Students are also able to attend golf classes so the course will provide a convenient place for them to practice what their instructor teaches them. Some of the teachers are also avid fans of the sport and will consider themselves very lucky to have a course available right at their school. The CTBC campus also has a kayaking canal, tennis courts, indoor gymnasium, weight room, cardio room, and a driving range making for an enviable set of sports facilities.
Chinese New Year is fast approaching and the vast majority of the high school students have gone home to all four corners of Taiwan: Hualien, Taipei, Keelung, Kaohsiung and more.
Their writing teachers at the Academy have given them a vacation assignment.
Chinese New Year is the time of year when extended families congregate and share stories, good times and, of course, enormous amounts of food. It is also when three, and sometimes four, generations will all come together.
It is for that reason that the writing teachers assign this rather special project.
All the students must interview their grandfather and grandmother. A few of their grandparents have unfortunately already passed, so some students can only interview one of their grandparents.
Students will ask their grandparents individual questions. Some sample questions are:
What memories does he/she have of growing up? (interesting stories from childhood)
What was the biggest challenge in his/her life?
What piece, or pieces, of advice would he/she give you in order to lead a full, happy, worthwhile life?
This exercise will undoubtedly surprise many of our students. It is amazing how little many of us really know about our grandparents’ life stories. To return to the past will, it is hoped, spark a fire in the students and lead to a closer bond between them and their flesh and blood. This assignment can often turn up unusual and frequently remarkable facts. The older generation often enjoys talking about its past and conversations can be lively, animated and lead to other topics for discussion.
Only fifty years ago, Taiwan was a very different place: a place almost indistinguishable from today’s prosperous, high-tech, high rise buildings, skyscrapers, and high speed rail connections that dot the country’s skyline.
We hope the students pay attention to and learn from their grandparents.
Earth-movers are working on the school’s future sport facilities
Taipei Main Station as it looked in 1969