IB Y10 students had their first day of orientation on the 27th of August. After their morning reading class, they were gathered at the school playground and met their drillmaster. Even though our Y10 students got up very early in the morning and were standing outside during this hot summer, they were all acting like real soldiers, following all the instructions earnestly, such as ‘at ease’, ‘attention’, ‘right dress，left dress’ and ‘count off’.
As lunchtime approaches, though starving, our Y10 students waited for junior school students to have lunch first. They stood in line and entered into canteen orderly. Despite the fact that they were the last batch having lunch, they enjoyed their lunch and had a great time eating with their new friends.
After an hour’s break, our Y10 students started their afternoon bonding activities. They were introduced with some ice-breaking ones such as walk in circles, name guessing and quick learning of Taiqi. After the warming-up part, students joined in two activities – the card game and the ball game, which require a lot of collaborating and communicating skills. Our Y10s thought various kinds of methods in winning the game, worked extremely well with each other and had a lot of fun. Very soon, in cheers and laughter, they ended up the first day’s orientation and had their dinner at the canteen.
Exhausted but excited, Y10 students continued with their evening session – diary writing. Through their diary, they not only reflected on the experiences but more importantly, on the spirits of IB as an IB learner. Some realized the importance of being an open-minded person through not judging a person according to stereotypes. For example, the drillmaster also has his caring aspects. Some of our students recognized the significance of being a good communicator, especially through afternoon bonding time. Some reflected that through orientation, they were cared by their classmates such as helping with the dressing and also, in this way, have learned how to care others. Some also mentioned how they have developed their critical and creative thinking skills through trial and errors.
All in all, it is indeed a fruitful and worthwhile day though tough and tired. Our Y10 IB students are ready for any possible difficulties and challenges. Bearing LPA in mind, they will work together and develop progressively not only during these military training days but also in theirfuture studies and lives!