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Kaleidoscope
Maple Leaf Educational Park- Wuhan

April & May
Amazing Pictures of
EAF 2014:

Beauty and
the Beast
Maple Leaf

Swimming
Club

The most mysterious club in campus

Fashion on Campus

Proudly Introduce:

The first Annual:

WMLiSMUN
2014

"Fraganced"
Maple Leaf

What do Maple Leaf students smell like?

Brought to you by 2014 Journalism Class

Kaleidoscope: The Final Issue

Table of Contents
School events:
1. EAF Photos
2. Maple Leaf Had
Fun in Spirit Week
3. Fusion Music Concert
4. 5th Annual Drama Festival
Clubs:
5. Welcome to Maple Leaf
Swimming Club
6. WMLiSMUN 2014
7. Choral Music Class is Coming
8. NHS is Going to the Dogs
9. Goodbye Ministers
Interviews
10. Mr. Harrison
- A Versatile Maple Leaf Teacher
11. Lily- interview
12. Mr. Smith’s Cooking class
13. K-pop in Maple Leaf
14. The Secrets Behind the Math Teachers
Others:
15. Fashion: Fragranced Maple Leaf
16. Are you Ready for Grade 12?
17.For your dreams, read more
- Sustained Silent Reading

Editors: Alexander Si, Sarah Hu

Kaleidoscope: The Final Issue

Beauty and the Beast

English Art Festival 2014

Kaleidoscope: The Final Issue

Maple Leaf Had
Fun in Spirit Week
Vivian Liu
1113


During the daily time
in Maple Leaf, students are
always required to wear the
school uniforms all day when
studying. However, a special
week in April changes this requirement – Spirit Week. In recent days, Maple Leaf had the
annual Spirit Week from April
14th to 18th, let’s look back at
that special week.

For Spirit Week, there
was a unique category each
day for students and teachers to experience, which included tattoos, funny hairstyles,
funny glasses, and crazy hat
day. During Monday lunch
time, Leadership Class offered
chances for every student to
receive a variety of tattoo stickers in their body. Some teachers enjoyed the Spirit Week
by wearing funny glasses and
having interesting hairstyles.
For instance, Ms. Dhawan tied
her hair up and which made her
look like Mickey Mouse. By
taking part in these activities,
students and teachers could
fully display their creativity and
imagination.

Spirit Week was a useful intermediary to transfer students from daily busy study to
a relaxing atmosphere to learn
more about the school. Spirit
Week acted as a symbol, which
represented the school’s spirit
and achievements. Students presented their views on it “I think
that it is fun, people could enjoy
it and learn some benefits from

it.” Alina Zhang said.
Right after the midterm, many
students became worried about
their marks and averages. Spirit
Week relieved their distress
about that effectively, that gave
students the energy boost to
study. For example, Joe Zhou
who is a grade 11 student, gave
his opinion about Spirit Week
“fun can make my life interesting like having this kind of
activity. I believe that is a good
idea.”

The Spirit Week was
a longstanding tradition that
turns even the most hard-working students into complete
fanatics. The purpose of the
spirit week was to get the kids
enthused and supportive of the
school. The week also served to
get students involved, working
cooperatively and uniting in a
common goal of promoting the
school. Students showed their
imagination and creativity just
for fun. So whatever you did in
this year, come and enjoy it next
time!

Kaleidoscope: The Final Issue

Fusion Music Concert
Vivian Liu
1113

On May 7th and 8th, Maple Leaf held the
annual Fusion Concert in order to reveal
those students’ abilities. The concert was
divided into 3 parts, History in China, Antiquity, and Modern.

For History in China, the audience
enjoyed the melody from traditional Chinese instruments, like the guzheng and the
pipa. With the beats from Chinese drums,
performers played Shi Mian Mai Fu. The
Wizard of Oz was played by Chinese instrument as well to experience the old story
from the Qing Dynasty as the ending for
the first act in the concert.

Times went by and space pulled the
audience into the second part of the concert, Antiquity. Performers were passionate about creating a classical atmosphere
by playing Por Una Cabeza and I’amour
est un oiseau libre. 1900 told a story back
a hundred years before which made people feel close to the ancient western generations. Accompanied by beautiful violin
harmonies, the audience had vivid old
memories. At the end, I’ amour est un

oiseau libre
was sung by a professional singer from
the Wuhan music school. The melody surrounded the theatre and got into people’s
soul.

The last section in the concert was
Modern. Performers all changed their customs into current trends. The audiences’
passion and vitality could be seen during
the peak of the show. In the High School
Musical, performers wore school uniforms
and graduating gowns for singing and
dancing a couple of songs to push the concert into the last expectation. The concert
ended with a forever chord and unforgettable pitch.

Comparing the concert with last years,
Maple Leaf continues to be more creative
and innovative. For instance, making the
stage as a bar and enjoying the music in the
“bar”. This year’s concert was a great stage
to fuse Chinese and Western culture that
Maple Leaf students try to learn. Thanks
for the excellent show Fusion staff!

Kaleidoscope: The Final Issue

The 5th Annual Chinese
Drama Festival

Maple Leafers have already noticed that, since March was coming, the LED display screen on
the ground floor’s corridor began
to play some funny and special
videos of performances. As we
known, they were the 5th Annual
Chinese Drama Festival’s.
However, why did Maple Leaf hold
this activity? What were te details
about it? What were school members feeling about it? And how did
this festival affect our school?

Firstly, Ms. Zhou Qiwen gave us
some introduction into the design
of the Chinese Drama Festival “The
Chinese Drama Festival has been
successfully held for 5 years. It
showed students’ intelligence and
promoted their histrionic skill. It
had a lot of Grade 10 and Grade 11
students and for this year’s festival
we created two new and special
performances, the ‘Acting Competition’ and the ‘Magic Maple Leaf’. ”

Sappage Li

Acting Competition seemed really
simple, just give the actors some
sentences which described a scene
and then let them use 5 minutes to
organize before they finally act it.
However, “actors had to use these
few minutes to direct, edit and act.
It really challenged our adapting
ability and reflex ability” Ivy Chen,
a top 10 girl in the acting competition explained, “In the first ground,
which happened on March 31st afternoon, two actors would act the
same scene in two different rooms
and the judge would choose the
better one to promote. The second
round, which happened on April
1st afternoon, two actors cooperated together and competed with
other groups.”

Magic Maple Leaf which happened
on April 2nd and 3rd was much
harder. This performance forbade dialogue. Actors only could
use exaggerated actions and fast
background changes to demonstrate the meaning of their drama.

“It’s extremely hard. ” William
Wu, a student who tried to know
some information about the Magic
Maple Leaf “We not only have
to prepare a lot of background’s
props and try to know how to use
them but also force many students
to perfectly work together. It was
a challenge we went for”

cause I would become a Grade 12
student next year and I would not
have another chance to join the
Chinese Drama Festival.”

In the end, Ms. Zhou believed that
this is a certainly a successful festival. She praised all students who
joined this activity and were truly
outstanding. “although everybody
How about student’s feeling? Ivy was really tired when they were
thought a few seconds and told preparing for the Chinese Drama
me. “I wanted to join the festival Festival, all of them tried their
because I loved acting. Further- best and never gave up! ” Finally,
more, it was also a good chance to she gave all of us advice “Please
challenge myself. However, when I try to spend more time on acting!
entered the stage, I felt so anxious, Just enjoy the performing time and
extremely anxious. ” She smiled, let your life full of joy! ”
“because I believed my opponent
is much better than me on performance. Conversely, the result surprised me; I reached the top 10!
Obviously I was extremely happy,
excited and proud. ” However, she
still had a little regret. Originally,
Ivy wanted to act for an ordinary
theatre, “What a pity,” she couldn’t
dissimulate her disappoint, “Be-

Kaleidoscope: The Final Issue

Welcome to Maple
Leaf Swimming Club
Mavis Zhang
1206
Do you have a competitive streak?
Do you feel satisfied when moving
like a fish in water? Have you ever
tried to relax through weightlessness?
Then come and join Maple Leaf
Swimming Club.
On April 18, 2014, the teacher in
charge of Maple Leaf Swimming
Club, Mr. Liu, was invited to an interview. In the interview, he gave a
brief introduction about this brand
new club, the swimming club at
Maple Leaf.
Going through the list of the clubs
at Maple Leaf, students can find that
there is a new club this year, which
seems different from other ones. The
distinct feature of the swimming club
is that there is no swimming pool
in the campus at all. The questions
about that varies among students, like
“what can we do in the club time”,
“where will we swim”, “Is the activities dangerous for me”. In this article,
all the questions will be solved.
Mr. Liu says that he cannot remember the person who came forward
with the idea of starting a swimming
club. However, it is unanimous in
Maple Leaf that he likes swimming
very much.
“It is a good way to exercise, and it’s
healthy.” It is for these reasons that
Mr. Liu likes to swim. He prefers
swimming compared to other sports
“because it is generally much easier
on your joints. The gravity doesn’t
work so hard, so that it will not have
so much impact on joints.”
When asking will there be difficulties
in “implementation” because of a
lack of experience, Mr. Liu says “no”
with a confident smile. “The club is
actually running quite well, because
one of the students knows somebody
working in the university, so they can
have a discount.”
The Swimming Club has held six
field trips so far. The participants include six club members and Mr. Liu
each time. It is stated that only six
students are allowed to join the club
for safety. Other students who want
to join will be kept on the waiting list

until anybody wants to quit.
There are some requirements for the
students who apply to join the club.
For example, they must know how
to swim and are able to swim at least
100 meters. Before they join the club,
each of them must hand in a consent
form that is signed by their parents.
The actual place where the swimming pool located is Zhongnan
Mingzu University. Every time
when Mr. Liu is planning to hold a
field trip, he sends e-mail to the club
members to settle a date and discuss more details. The members are
required to pay the money for bus
taken and a ticket for swimming.
The members can also get improvements on skills from each other.
“I like to learn in the strokes, so I
always pay attention; always look
for good swimmers and then I try to
watch how they move their arms and
legs and then copy and practice.”
That is the strategy used by Mr. Liu.
In the Swimming Club, students
learn to be responsible for themselves, and always watch out for each
other. Because there is no one telling them what to do, they have a lot
of free time in the swimming pool.
However, Mr. Liu is quite satisfied
with their participation by saying that
they’re well-behaved. And when they
walk on the street, students have to
be careful of their own safety.
Maple Leaf Swimming Club welcomes your attention. For students
who want to gain more information
or join the swimming club, please
find the contact information on the
posters for swimming club and notice
the information in the morning announcement.
Students can also learn more about
swimming from the website: www.
swimsmooth.com. If you are interested in swimming, go there and
have a look!

Kaleidoscope: The Final Issue

WMLiSMUN 2014
Erri Zhong
For the Maple Leafers who headed to Room
317 every Monday, a prominent piece of their
high school career emerges each time they
refer to others as country names, wear a badge
on their lapels, sport western business attire,
and motion incessantly. From rookies to Head
Chairs, our Wuhan Maple Leaf Model United
Nations club welcomes a variety of students to
pack their ID cards and passports and fly to the
far corners of China in anticipation of a life-altering committee session.

This May, our small delegation will
swap green tracksuits to don blazers and pencil
skirts as we plan Wuhan Maple Leaf International School’s very first Model United Nations conference. As we feel MUN provides the
world’s students with the background, perspective, and insights on a number of current issues,
this upcoming event has been deemed a “baby
conference”, or a conference in which many
delegates are first-timers.

This conference will serve a multitude
of purposes – it will be a practice run for MUN
newcomers, a teaching tool for prospective club
members, and an awareness tool for all who
take a peek into the multimedia room.

Model UN aligns with a plethora of
interests. Whether you’re a budding computer
scientist or a distinguished artist, join MUN to
expose yourself to the same global issues you’re
famished to solve. Come and improve your ability to write and give speeches, communicate
and collaborate across both written and spoken
fronts, and debate for a diplomatic resolution.
An activity that encompasses all ideals, all areas
of study and work, Model United Nations is
truly a dreamer’s sandbox.

Still hungry? Anecdotes from some of
our veteran MUNers:
Hangzhou Conference – November 2013
“Emergency topics would come into the de-

bate. Someone would just pop up and the delegation would be changed – everyone else would
be arranged into another delegation. Nuclear
arms, DPRK, North Korea, China, Russia, etc.
It would all change!” – Leo Sun, Grade 11
“It took place at an international school. The
food was great, real Western food like cheese
pizza, mushrooms, spaghetti. The outside food
was like dog food, I threw up for a whole week.
One delegate went to the bathroom and we
greeted him with applause when he came back.”
– Alan Wang, Grade 11
“We voted for who has the best handwriting at
the end of the conference. And there were random topics to debate such as male vs. female,
superman vs. batman. Lots of fun.” – Steven
Liu, Grade 11
Qingdao Conference
“It was a huge conference, one of the largest.
The conference itself was held in the hotel, and
there were over 100 delegates per committee.
EcoSoc had around 50 delegates, security and
advisor panel around 20. There was a bash one
night, a dance party, and I sent a note to the
chair saying that I liked him!” – Eleanor Li,
Grade 11
“Some topics were the situation in Burma, the
UNDP, and the Ukraine issue. Nora and I actually divided into a minority group and the topic
was about drugs trafficking. Most of the people
came up with regular resolutions, but our resolution was to legalize drugs! We got attacked so
hard. Everytime we were at the podium it was
like fire in the house. There was a third kid from
Hong Kong, he ran away in the middle of the
conference after our resolution failed.” – Nora
Chen, Grade 11
“That resolution was

like
a

donut. Like a human without skin. It just didn’t
work out so well. I was pretty numb throughout the conference, everyone’s really aggressive
and I was like a little rabbit. The delegate of
the United States attacked every single proposal
and speech and always had questions.” – Steven
Liu, Grade 11
General Advice
“Try to research the procedures of a conference, really specific research on your topic, organizations, NGOs, what they do, and what are
some organizations that could provide funds for
your problems. Try to pass notes to the people
who seem more experienced, form a team with
them and you’ll be fine. Don’t leave it all to the
night before – just don’t do that! Plan out your
schedule well.” - Nora Chen, Grade 11
“A conference is not a conference if you have
not done each of the following at least once:
raise your placard upside down, be scolded by
the chair to maintain decorum, send a note to
the very cute Czech Republic two rows down,
motion for an unmoderated caucus for the sole
purpose of snacking, frantically propose a
last-minute amendment to a resolution, infuriate the entire committee by overusing your veto
power, curtsy onstage at the closing ceremony,
and wake up the next morning with a massive
MUNover.” – Erri Zhong, Grade 12

Kaleidoscope: The Final Issue

Choral Music Class
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