In January, some students are going to leave QISS because 1st semester over in January. So, I interviewed some students who are going to leave QISS this semester. My questions were “how do you feel about leaving school? And “how was your school life in QISS?” I’m also going to leave QISS so this is a personal experience as well.
Kevin Wi- I had great time in QISS and I want to graduate here, but I can’t, so I’m little sad. Most of my days at QISS were awesome because there were a lot of events such as ACAMIS or dance party and I really liked it. I hope to visit QISS someday.
Frida Nordstrom- I’ve been here for 2 years now, and the thought of leaving Qingdao is really sad. Coming to QISS was a bit of a shock, but I have grown to love everyone here. I will remember ACAMIS, where we never won but always have so much fun, the school trips and all the crazy things that I went through with my wonderful classmates every single day. Listing all of my memories would take too long, but I want to thank everybody who has contributed to that list, I will always remember you, my awesome friends, and I can’t believe you put up with me for so long! I am excited about moving to Russia where I will go to a really big school and experience lots of new things, I just hope I won’t freeze to death. Going to QISS has developed me into a (hopefully) good person, and I will bring my experiences and memories with me for the rest of my life.
Kane Wi- I had learned a lot in QISS such as communication skills and English. For example, communication skills I had a lot of difficulties of talking with foreign people because I was afraid of speaking English. But now I became more confident so that I can speak with them and I believe it is because I learn English from native English speaker teachers. Also, I’ll visit QISS so don’t cry Hahaha.
Jack Gwak - I’m really sad about leaving QISS because it was really fun. Especially I liked field trips. When I go back to Korea I think I’m going to miss QISS forever.
James Jung- I’m sad that I have to say good bye to my friends and I worried about adapting to a new school.
John Lee- I don’t know that I’m leaving or not but if I do I will miss everyone.
Billy Lee – As my brother John said we are not sure leaving the school. So, now I don’t know what I have to say.
Harry Park - I love QISS and I’m never going to stop missing QISS.
James Woo - I feel nothing that I’m leaving the school but QISS is kind of nice school!
Amy Oh - I really enjoyed the school and it was nice opportunity to talk and play with people from different countries.
By Kane Wi
The end of the semester is coming up, and maybe your report card didn’t turn out as perfect as you wished. All those plans on staying organized and doing your homework might have been lost along the way, and replaced by sleeping, playing games and hanging out with friends. Just making a wild guess here – but most of us would probably prefer grades consisting of letters in the way beginning of the alphabet. But don’t fret – you still have 6 months of school left (yayy!), and plenty of time to fix your mistakes. Sometimes actually doing your work can seem a bit weary, so we’ve got the inside information on the snacks, food, jokes, and attitudes that will charm your teacher into giving you the “A” you know you deserve.
For Mr. Purpura and Mr Shulist, coffee, nuts and a nice poop joke would definitely lead to success, while Mr. Vafai would enjoy sitting down and chatting about the funny things that Sheldon and Leonard talk about in Big Bang Theory. If you forget to do your homework, a funny text message will probably brighten Ms. Fanaian’s mood, while sarcasm cracks Ms Rust up, and Mr Olson enjoys funny stories.
Most of them seem to enjoy getting up in the morning (must be a teacher thing), and curious students. But although bribery seems like the simplest way to getting an “A”, we all know that the real way to earning your teacher’s respect is studying. And asking questions. And putting all your energy into completing assignments. And being respectful. Sounds boring – I know, but just like Mr. Shulist said, it may actually turn out interesting once you look into it. So good luck to you all and lets all wish for that A!
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Hey!! Christmas is coming soon and we’re about to have our winter holiday. QISS Newsletter here is asking you to do us a favor. It's the winter holiday planned sharing!! Please comment below and share your winter holiday plans with everyone. We have already interviewed a few students and teachers to get it started! If we didn’t interview you please comment below.
We interviewed a couple of students from each grade and got some awesome responses, let’s take a look at these interviews
Richard (Grade 6)
Richard doesn't know where he is going because he said “maybe Shanghai” And since we know Richard loves soccer we can assume that he will play soccer during this vacation a lot because that’s his plan. And because Richard likes Shanghai, he is looking forward to this vacation! Let’s wish Richard a good flight and a Merry Christmas!
Julia Kuttig (G8)
So Julia is having a good trip back to Germany and decides to buy presents for her friends in China (yay!)… uhu. Interesting. But here is something personal that Julia told us. That she is happy to see her family but doesn’t like the long flight… Come on ~_~… this is obviously a sign that she doesn’t know what to do when she is seated all by herself in a corner of a flight. APPARENTLY she does not know how time on long flights can be used to reflect and solve some of the world’s problems!?? And this just makes such fair girl into a simple carefree teen… (Just joking) But we can’t demand everyone to be Senator material so. .. Guess it’s a big smiley merry Christmas to Julia! XD
So Daisuke decided to leave our survey sheet half complete... we understand, its almost the end of the quarter... so much to do... So, despite the fact that he did not write what he is looking forward to this vacation we assume he is not looking forward, and we also assume its because he mentioned that mother’s sister will come to Qingdao… which also the reason he didn't write "no" in the "What are you looking forward to?" section because he wanted it to be a secret. BUT WE ARE GONNA EXPOSE IT! MUHAHAHAHAHAH!!! Daisuke as we all know is a big soccer fan so I guess the actual reason he doesn’t like his aunt visiting is because she is better than him at soccer… But it’s ok Daisuke, because I am definitely worse than you. (That’s a big compliment BTW) Merry Christmas to Daisuke!
Jorgen (Grade 9)
Jorgen will be returning to his home country, Norway. We know that he will definitely enjoy his trip because he will go snowboarding and play with fireworks, but be careful because you might get hurt! So come back with a lot of presents and come back in one piece! Merry Christmas!
Ema Halikova (Grade 10)
Ema is going to Bali (great place!) this vacation and she is going to be swimming a lot and visiting new places! Guys don’t be sad just because you won’t be able to see Ema in a swim suit; there are other fish in the sea. Speaking of fish, there are jellyfish in Bali, and really big waves, so be careful! (BTW, there are also earthquakes in Bali - we hope they never get to visit you while you are there) Anyway, enjoy your vacation and return home safely! Merry Christmas!
Handi (Grade 11)
Handi will visit L.A. for a week, and buy a lot of Video Games for his Xbox 360, his plans will be practicing basketball for ACAMIS with Simon, and we know he’ll enjoy this because Simon is such an awesome person! But don’t forget about your TOEFL test coming up! Enjoy your vacation and Merry Christmas!!
Lina (Grade 12)
Lina is going to the best place on Earth, Qingdao! And she will do the most productive thing ever, sleep and stay home!! We know she will enjoy this vacation because “Vacation is nice and Christmas is FUN!” Well, we know who will have the best time, Lina! Merry Christmas to your family and dont forget to get your brother good presents! :)
Once again if we didn't interview you or use your story for this article, I'm sorry, but you can always comment below if you want to tell your friends or the school where you are going! Also there is this lottery that you can win from if you comment! Merry Christmas people and a Happy New Year!
Article by Simon Emrich (edited by Ms Fanaian and small effort from Hao too...
The great ACAMIS games of Friday and Saturday are over. There were lots of other schools competing: XIS, ISNG, 58 school, YCIS, and QISS!. Everyone played really well.
The rules of the game were quiet complex. There were three main sections; team features, doubles, and singles.
Team features were firstly done like leagues. Three members are put in one team, mostly composed of students from a one school. We play five games, if one group wins three times, the game is over. We then find other available groups according to the schedule. Despite all the best efforts by the other teams, the QISS team won most of the games. Unfortunately, we became third in our pool, because of which we couldn’t go into the championships. It was interesting to note that two teams that won over us with just a few points became first and second in the championship.
Doubles were also done like leagues. Leo and Cody were in one team whereas Billy was with another member of the ISQ team. These two groups were separated. It was advantageous since it was possible for two groups to go onto the championships. However, despite our best efforts and playing hard, our two groups became third in their pools. Therefore, we couldn’t go into the championships.
Lastly, the singles tournament was done like those in the World Cup. Everyone is divided into different groups, and the first and second go into the final elimination tournament. Unfortunately, Cody was eliminated in the provisional selection. Billy and Leo became the first in that group, and went into the tournament. Since both of them were tired. They could not concentrate well but still played their best. Billy lost by the person who Leo defeated in the first round. Leo, however, lost by the best player in the ISQ in the second round.
Everyone regretted since they did not practice as much as they should have, which led them to have lesser physical strength, especially Billy and Leo. They could have won the tournament if they were in a better condition.
We heard that there would be another table tennis tournament in the spring. Everyone promised to practice hard and get the trophies next time.
By, Leo Lee
So the news is that we won the basketball match on last friday December 9th against the Chinese 58th middle-high school ...So here I am, hired to write an article about it...(rightly).
As you can see. we have some of our BRAND NEW students participating too! ^_^
Oh and,... DO you prefer boys who shave their armpit? I really don't mind, not at all, not in anyway, seriously, guys, seriously.
...Sorry it seems like I went a bit out of the theme. :I Seriously guys, nice job.
Check out our gallery for the winter program pictures!
GO TO GALLERY
Dear Parents of QISS students.
Winter Program will be held in December 10 there might be a lot of nice performer. And most of the performer will be QISS students. Please come with your child their might be a lot of Talented students such as dancing, singing or performing their instruments. This is time to see your child talent. This time we hope many of students are participate.
Behind the scenes:
Every QISS students are exciting about the winter program. Even I’m really exciting about winter program. As all QISS students are expect we want see some good perform and enjoy it.
I had interview with some relevant to the winter program. Which are teachers or QISS performer.
: Interview with Mr. Thorpe and Ms. Frey:
Q1. Can you make a short introduction about the theme of performance this year?
Answer: Our program theme is “Can’t Catch Me. I’m the Gingerbread Man.” The Gingerbread Man travels around the world running away from the bakers. Along the way, he meets QISS’s music students.
Q2. How many songs are there? Is there the song you or students wrote?
Answer: There are 18 songs. I arranged one song and Mr. Thorpe arranged one as well.
Q3. When is it? Where is it?
Answer: Sat. Dec 10th at 2pm, in the theater –or auditorium.
Q4. Are there any interesting stories during practice?
Answer WE’LL SEE! :)
: Interview with some of the QISS performers:
When I interviewed High school band members and most of them are positive to performing. Some students are excited to perform on the stage. But there was a surprising fact that some performers said that they are afraid of performance. And when I finished my interview they said “we are preparing for a nice performance, so, we hope that everyone enjoy our performance.
By, Kay Cho
This was my third time participating in a school lock-in. Out of these three lock-in’s, I was in charge of two of them. This year, I didn’t have much of an opportunity to be a participant. However, I found this lock-in unique and most fascinating. Why you ask? Even though I wasn't participating in the Running Man game directly, I took great pleasure in watching students enjoying themselves in the game that the student council put together. I saw all the interaction of the students; I don't think anyone would know how fun is it to observe students getting caught or running away from the predators in the game. Playing cards gave me another chance to get to know some of our new students in the school this year. I brought a Korean traditional card game with me this time. It was really exciting for people who knew it well, but complicated for beginners. I played it with Yoonmin, who is a great at playing cards. As time went by, more and more people joined in. What intrigued me was that Hao, who doesn’t know anything about these cards, seemed to be interested in it. He asked me to teach him how to play it. It made me happy to see a foreigner trying to learn more about Korea and its cultural games...