On March 3rd, CTBC International Academy participated in a promotion day at Yong Kang Elementary School. Two teachers and a director spent the morning talking to prospective students and their parents. There was quite a lot of interest shown by several groups of parents who stopped to chat and write down the details of the courses on offer at the Academy. There was particular interest in the languages department. English and Japanese in the high school with the opportunity to continue studying at CTBC at the neighbouring college where, Korean, French, German, and Spanish are all available as areas of study.
During the course of the morning, it became clear that very few people were aware that the bank had spread its wings and was now using its expertise in banking and organization in the field of education. The fact that the rudiments of business management are taught at the high school also created quite a bit of interest with potential clients.
There are plans to participate in more of these promotional activities.
However the Academy has its own “open days”. These are days when prospective parents, along with their children, can see our facilities and programs with their own eyes. They can even sit in on classes to get a feel for the teaching methods and to meet the teachers, to get a feel for the open learning environment and hands-on approach to all the subjects taught here.
One of the foreign teachers has been on a diet since March 1st. This is a zero sugar diet. It is called the WHOLE 30 DIET – YES – 30 meaning thirty days.
What You Can Eat
All hail the yes list.
•Meat. Yes to a burger, no to a bun.
•Poultry. So. Much. Chicken. Sausage.
•Fish. You can even eat the canned stuff.
•Veggies. Your options are limitless.
•Fruits. An apple a day keeps your sweet tooth at bay.
•Fats. Avocados every single day.
Oh, and black coffee.
What You (Absolutely, Positively) Can’t Eat
•No sugar or natural or artificial sweeteners. Nope, not even maple syrup.
•No alcohol. Make dry January great again!
•No grains. Time to empty your jar of quinoa.
•No beans or legumes. No chickpeas, no peanut butter.
•No soy. Tofu is a goner.
•No dairy. Cheese is dairy.
•No processed additives. Carrageenan, sulfites, MSG.
Some of the students have shown quite an interest in this plan. It seems dieting now spans the generations. When this writer was a high school student, diets were for the obese, girls worried about their weight (a natural condition at that age), and old age pensioners: retirees. Boys absolutely DID NOT go on diets. Instead they just did more exercise, running, playing football in the park until it was too dark to see the ball. How times have changed!
English is a funny language – as my German mother often used to remark. Perhaps nowhere is it stranger than when it comes to collective nouns, especially for animals (and most particularly for birds), many of which go back to the Late Middle Ages.
Some of my favourites are:
•a congregation of alligators
•a shrewdness of apes
•a sleuth of bears
•a flutter of butterflies
•a chattering of choughs
•a murder of crows
•a convocation of eagles
•a charm of finches
•a kettle of hawks
•a cackle of hyenas
•a bevy of larks
•a scourge of mosquitoes
•a watch of nightingales
•a parliament of owls
•a bouquet of pheasants
•an unkindness of ravens
•a crash of rhinoceroses
•an ambush of tigers
•a descent of woodpeckers
•a dazzle of zebras
And finally, the Tainan City Environmental Protection Bureau recently sent a delegation to inspect the school’s rating with regards to cleanliness and dengue prevention methods. This the school and college take very seriously. As well as measures to prevent dengue, the school actively supports recycling and various other environmental maintenance issues. The installation of huge solar panels, covering the roofs of all the buildings on campus, is ongoing. This shows CTBC’s commitment to “green-living.” The campus is clean and well-maintained.
Student recruitment fairs in Tainan
A Murder of crows