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Humanities Week: enjoy a meaningful downtime from studying

[SCIE web news, March 26th, 2018] Humanities Week, the special week at the start of February, aimed to develop students’ interest in Humanities as well as providing a meaningful downtime from studying.


At lunchtime on Monday, Mr. Stuart carried out a psychological experiment. By reading the length of fingers, he magically analyzed the owners’ brain structure and which academic skills that they may be good at. This sounded like mumbo-jumbo. However, Mr. Stuart Robinson’s scientific analysis had indeed made everyone convinced.




In the afternoon, there was an academic salon held in the auditorium. Scholars presented excellent speeches on their academic specialisms. Artist Ethnographer Mary Ann O'Donnell discussed the nature of Anthropology and Sociologist Xueshi Li talked about research in the USA and Shenzhen. They encouraged us to discover what we truly love, and then make persistent efforts to achieve our goals. We have all learned a profound lesson from the speeches. Angelina and Jeno from A2 Sociology presented and explained their own research.




On Tuesday, there was the opportunity for making 3D Topographical Models of China! Glue, paper cutters, card board and the outline map of China painted by Mr. Stuart and Mr. Ian- these were the materials to make out the map of our homeland, China. From the outline of the ‘rooster’ of China to the shapes of various provinces: the ‘peacock’ of Yunnan, the ‘cat head’ of Guangxi and the ‘elephant nose’ of Guangzhou, the students painted their map on the cardboard. They cut down the shapes pieces by pieces and listed out the countless way of combining. You could smell the joy and fun in the air. An unexpected concert started in the glass room: they sang together songs from Alexander Hamilton and Les Miserables, and even the rhythms written by geography students: The Oxbow lake. All of these sounds mixed with the joyful atmosphere brought out the symphony of Humanities week: “Where is Taiwan?”. “Hainan shouldn’t connect with the mainland, right?” The glass room was filled with laughter. Although the model wasn’t completed due to time limits, it was undoubtedly an impressive attempt.




In the afternoon, ’Should we teach holocaust in schools?’ was the topic of the debate. Green Oasis, supported teaching the Holocaust in schools whilst SCIE opposed this viewpoint. It proved to be a first-class debate. GOS students showed us a fantastic piece of persuasion with highly emotional incites. On the other side, SCIE students also had plenty of logical examples and points. The debate went beyond the academic level and deep into the moral views of the human race. At last, Ms. Sophie announced that there was no winner in this competition; however, the amazing discussion itself was undoubtedly more important than anything else. Let’s hope that next year, both teams will be even more persuasive with their arguments.




At lunchtime, Mr. Fish introduced the intriguing mystery of Who killed the Princes in the Tower?”. King Richard III, was the main character of our story: for hundreds of years he was blamed for murdering his own nephews. Teachers and students became the detectives to try find out the truth of this enigma using and evaluating historical evidence as clues.


In the afternoon, the news title for the school paper should be: AstonishingThe souls of the dead came alive in an unknown international high school …and the reason for that is…

 Welcome to the history dress up day.




At the beginning of first class on Wednesday, a group of Humanities teachers were dressed up as historical figures. Ms. Sophie and Mr. Fish with 17th century French fashion and hair of the nobility. There was even an unknown explorer. The warrior was under our noses - Mr. Julian hanged with the tight dress of a famous pharaoh of Ancient Egypt who was going to imprison the naughty student who didn’t do his homework.

"It’s your turn, students.” Said the teacher.

Walking canes, stark cigar, bow ties, laced white shirts, wheelchairs…. Numerous historical figures jumped out in an instance to attend this wedding through time. The young co-players were by no means less fabulous than their teachers.



After the morning lessons, everybody excitingly rushed to the main stage of the show: the marble stage. By jingo! Wherever you placed your eyes, French nobles, Egypt Pharaohs, 18th Century farmers, even modern-day soldiers covered with grass. They were waving their weapons or communicating with each other.  Who are you? A dictator? I came here with a mission to take your head to my king! Raphaella who was dressed as Robespierre even led his people to sing the songs of revolutions. At the end of the activity, Mr. Julian called out the prizes and gave them to the young historians, Antony, Hobbes and Raphaella from G1. Everyone had enjoyed the humanities dress up day, as well as gaining plenty of interesting historical knowledge.




Meanwhile, a mock U.S. Supreme Court with the topic ‘Should women be banned from wearing face-covering headgear in the US?’, was held by the Politics ECA. Students from four houses had to vote for the most convincing motion and “publish” their decision. Each house had made their points supporting their motions; the event had reached its purpose of developing students’ critical thinking and illustrated the importance of skills so that humanities and social scientific subjects may help us improve in our everyday life. In the end, Fire won the first place due to their clear logic and fine English ability, and thus the mock court put a fitting end to the wonderful Humanities week.


We cannot wait to see the events next year! 


Report/Raphaella 5151 & Anthony 5075; Photos/Leo&Rindy

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