SIPFLS 2020 -2021 IB & AP International High School post-exam learning trip
On the 12th of November 2020, the Year 10 IB-AP high school cohort embarked on a learning journey to Suzhou Yin Shan Hu Art Gallery, Ming Gallery, and the Jinji Lake scenic spot. Through this post-exam activity, students gained a greater understanding of Art, and cultivated environmental awareness, civic-mindedness and social service consciousness.
Students were divided into two groups, group A and B, and each group was led by 4 teachers. Group A was composed of IB 10 students and SADP students. Group B was composed of AP 10 students.
At 9am, Group A students departed for the Ming Art Gallery where they learnt about different painters, styles such as Impressionism, and mediums such as Gouache.
Our Y10 student Sarah enjoyed the learning journey immensely, and shared her sentiments after visiting the Impression Jiangnan exhibition at Yin Shan Hu Art Gallery:
“The meticulous brushwork, light and airy watercolor, thick and heavy oil painting touched me. I can almost hear the flowing streams, and the songs of the birds and cicadas just by viewing these art works. I uncovered a new appreciation for art and nature.”
After visiting the exhibition, the students went to Jinji lake scenic spot for a three kilometers walk. They set out from different locations, picked up the litter through their walk, cleaning the environment. Students also carefully classified the garbage and disposed them to the corresponding trash bins. They also cleaned the community-sharing bicycles along the way. There are several bridges with steep slopes in the scenic area of Ligongdi at Jinji Lake. Students volunteered to help when they see the elderly facing difficulty getting up these slopes. Some students said, “Picking up cigarette butts, cleaning bicycles, helping the elderly cross a bridge are all trivial things, but through my help, I can make the environment and society better. I am very happy.”
During the excursion, students had a picnic lunch on the lakeside lawn of Jinji Lake scenic spot. They ate delicious food and talked about life with their classmates under the warm autumn sun. It seemed that the pressure of the recent mid-terms exams was released upon being surrounded by the gorgeous scenery.
Everyone can be moved by Art if they have the opportunity to learn about it. This excursion has provided such a chance, which helps our students cultivate their artistic sentiments as well as creative abilities. The IB-AP program emphasizes on well-rounded development of student interests and integration between disciplines, CAS, and not forgetting the importance of IB Learner’s Profile.
This excursion highlights the educational philosophy of our school, “Self-reliance Education”. On top of the physical training our students went through during the walk, they also have an increased awareness on the topic of recycling and trash classification. They learnt to appreciate and beautify the environment around them, contributing positively to create a harmonious society.