By Grace Deng
On Friday, January 26, students at both Shanghai American School Pudong and Puxi were treated to a snow day. The announcement of a day off for SAS Pudong students was posted around 10:30 PM by principal Dr. Lee. It cited “unsafe weather conditions during the morning commute” as the reason school was cancelled. Many students were awake, eagerly hoping for a day off.
All activities were cancelled at SAS Pudong except for a Robotics tournament on Friday.
Students were jubilant, many claiming that it was “the spoons.” As senior Josh Li explained in his class chat, “they say if you lick a spoon and put it under your pillow it’ll snow the next day.” The superstition quickly spread from class chat to class chat. Dozens of students from freshman year to senior year licked spoons and placed them under their pillows—one junior student humorously placed a ladle under their pillow, hoping a larger spoon would result in a larger chance of success, while another student had their poodle lick a spoon.
Dr. Lee’s announcement was the most liked post on SAS’ Schoology of all time, with Dr. Lee joking that at “288 “likes” and counting, my Schoology post announcing Friday’s snow day is the most popular thing I have ever done on social media.”
Students were quick to thank Dr. Lee for the snow day, with several writing emails to express gratitude and appreciation for the day off.
Junior year was particularly excited over the snow day, and plans for a grade-wide snowball fight in the Jinqiao area on Friday were quickly finalized the night before. At the snowball fight, students took the time to build a snowman in honor of Dr. Lee.
As one student joked, “I’ve never seen so many people care so much before.”
By Colin Jun
The CISSMUN IX Conference was held in Concordia International School Shanghai (CISS) from January 19th to January 21st. Under the theme of “A Place to Stand,” students from various international schools around the world discussed more than fifty topics in sixteen committees. Most parts of the conference procedure are no different than the CISSMUN X conference - Lobbying, Merging, Formal Debate and the CISS Magazine - Vigil. Some unique features made the CISSMUN IX conference different from past CISSMUN conferences and other MUN conferences.
1. GINAsia 2018
While the CISSMUN IX conference was happening in most of the high school building of
CISS, another side of the school - middle school and elementary school - was filled with the participants for GIN Asia (Global Issue Network Asia) 2018. GIN conference has several similarities with MUN conference - by the fact that they both deal with the international issues (events) and require the collaboration between the students from around the world. However, GINAsia takes a different approach than CISSMUN to solve the problems. For every issue, GINAsia serves as the platform which schools and students can participate the workshops about the specific global issues or the projects and discuss. Compared to CISSMUN, GINAsia workshops include more interactive activities (simulations or games) and encourages informal discussion for the topic.
2. Keynote Speakers
By GINAsia 2018, six keynote speakers made presentation related to global issues. Melati and Isabel Wijsen, two teenage environmentalists and activists, made a presentation about their past projects such as “Bye Bye Plastic Bali” and “Beach Clean Up Event” as well as their school “Green School Bali.” Kim Phuc, the most famous survivor of Vietnamese War for her picture, made a beautiful presentation about her life as the survivor of the war and the famous photo taken during the war. In her speech, she asked the students to the bright side of the story - her story of hope and forgiving - when they ever look at that picture again. On the second day, Ishmael Beah, a Sierra Leone-born human activist, and Peter Dalglish, a humanitarian, made the speech about their lives and their perspective towards the global issues.
3. CISSGIN APP
One of the most praised features of CISSMUN IX and GINAsia 2018 was the CISSGIN App that is introduced. Through the CISSGIN App, the students were able to quickly check the schedule of the conference, necessary information such as rules of procedure, contact information, campus map and brief information about the keynote speakers. Many students complimented the broad range of information the app covers.