CTBC International Academy Newsletter_Week 27

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Students Compete in Sprints
Who is the strongest? Who can run the fastest? Who can jump the highest? We ask these questions from the time we start school and continue to ask them into adulthood. The answer to one of those questions was answered last week as the students of CTBC International Academy competed in a running race. The girls faced off against each other in a 60 metre sprint while the boys competed over 100 metres. Molly and Johnathan came out on top after the races were completed in several heats. They will receive certificates from the school recognizing their victories. All the students gave it their best, but of course, not everyone can win.
The students will get another chance for competition next month in an indoor sport to be announced later, and a third chance in late May or early June. The final competition will take advantage of the school’s kayaking canal, a feature unique to this institution in Tainan. A water activity will likely prove welcome as southern Taiwan’s sweltering summer will be well under way by then.

Semester Midpoint
The spring term is now at Week 9, the halfway point. Normally, this would be a time of cramming, stress, and sleep deprivation for students as they deal with the chore of midterm exams. However, the students at CIA have choices when it comes to assessments, at least in some classes. In several classes, students opted for alternate forms of assessment such as presentations instead of the traditional paper and pen written exams. As a result, there is a more relaxed atmosphere at the school. Some exams will still be written, but the burden is much less than if every class had them. The students almost unanimously chose presentations over exams when offered the option.
Giving presentations will give pupils a chance to combine their English skills, research abilities, and public speaking acumen to demonstrate their class learning. As daunting as speaking in front of the class can be, students were ready to take on the challenge over yet another exam.
Presenting is a skill prized by employers as it offers a way to deliver information to groups in a more impactful way than written communication alone. Students will benefit from strong presenting skills in a range of careers from business, engineering, medicine, law, education, and many others. Communication in all its forms is crucial to the success of companies, and those students who excel in this area will have a definite advantage over those who do not.

New Chef a Hit
Students and staff at CIA have had reason to get excited at midday this semester. Chef Andrew, who took over in March, has consistently produced winning meals for lunch and dinner at the high school. His lunches generally consist of rice, one or two meat dishes, one or two vegetables dishes, and a soup simmered from scratch, often with a rich bone broth. All the dishes are flavourful and not oily.
Students especially have been very happy with his creations. Many students and parents were displeased with the food last semester and voiced their concerns. The leaders at CIA listened and lunch has been nothing but smiles this term.
Taiwanese schools in general have reason to be proud of the food served to students. Island-wide, lunches at public schools have an excellent balance of nutrition, featuring adequate meat, carbohydrates, vegetables, fruit, and soup to fuel growing bodies and minds. Private schools often bring the food quality and taste up a level to meet expectations that come with hefty tuition costs. Contrast this situation with the pre-packaged and frozen hamburgers, French fries, pizza, and other fast food offerings at many North American public schools and Taiwan’s school lunches stack up very well indeed.

Students and teachers preparing for the races

The students of CIA before the races

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