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Year 7 Newsletter

Secondary Year 7
Firstly, I would like to welcome Pilvi Antila (Storm) and Ivy Zhang (Thunder) who have recently joined Year 7 at DBIS. Both students have settled in well, and we wish them all the best and every success in joining our fantastic Year 7 team!
Themes for the Term
Being the best version of ourselves - The 12 virtues 
‘’It is important to set goals for ourselves, to become better as individuals. This is known as improving our character. We all have the ability to act in what can be referred to as "virtuous ways." Acting in these ways most of the time is good for us and good for those around us’’
During our Year 7 Team Building and tutor sessions, students have been considering how the 12 virtues play a role in their lives. Students have explored ways in which the virtues could be a focus in bringing about best version of one’s self.
  • The 12 virtues are:
  • Caring
  • Confidence
  • Courage
  • Perseverance
  • Courtesy
  • Respect
  • Enthusiasm
  • Responsibility
  • Patience
  • Generosity
  • Truthfulness
Over the coming weeks, Year 7 and Year 8 students will participate in a series of workshops that deal with forming and maintaining positive relationships. Workshops will be lead by Mr. Low and Mr. Wills. Topics covered include:
What makes a good friend
Toxic relationships
Social networking
Happy Chinese New Year
As this half term draws to an end, I would like to wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year!
I hope that CNY brings about the opportunity to spend time with family and relax, whether here in Hong Kong or abroad. I look forward to seeing the students after the break.
Mr. Low
Student Article
Read to Feed -  by Henry Humpleby
Two weeks ago on Wednesday a group of primary and secondary students came together for read to feed. The read to feed activities were created by Heifer International as well as other spokespersons. This spokesperson helped us with activities - which were based on the poor conditions of people in Mainland China and Hong Kong. 
We were taught about the long walks from houses to school in mainland China, what poverty really is and how it affects people. We also had to do small activities which put us in the poverty stricken families shoes. The activities we did included things like writing about what 10 things we treasured and then having to lose three of them before losing all of them apart from three. Numerous people kept their families and food while others would have kept playstations and would have not kept education. I personally chose food and water along with education. 
We also listened to the message of Heifer International. Heifer International aims to give animals to people in situations of poverty. These animals will be used for meat and money along with other uses. These animals offspring would then be transferred to other families and used in similar ways, with the cycle continuing. 
These activities got us ready for the final workshop, where we walked around the Black box with bamboo poles and buckets on our shoulders to replicate the difficult journey of framers to water sources and other locations. It was not as easy as it may sound and normally people have to carry the buckets for around 6-10 hours each day with children usually having to carry these water filled buckets. While walking around there were also small plastic areas representing rocks, along with a green line which each person had to try to step over. 
In conclusion the (roughly) 2 hours of the day in the black box, learning about poverty, were useful and we gained a new meaning to the word poverty.  It did not just mean somebody who was incredibly poor it now meant somebody who needs a chance and somebody who needs help, not in the future, but now. We also learnt that giving money to people in need is not the only option, cattle and other animals being another. The activities and lessons were great fun and also gave us great insight. They were great fun and clear in their message. We as students now understand why poverty is such a horrible situation and why organisations like Heifer and other charities can help the poorest live their lives without having to do horrible things for money. We hope that in the future we can work to making the world a lighter and better place for those who need help and are in need.
My final statement is about what has happened inside the school with this. In assembly, recognition has been placed about the read to feed project and also the read to feed project was not just an activity session in the black box it was also a project to get people to read and then be sponsored. The proceeds of the money will go to heifer international and the general charity. It is a great opportunity to raise awareness for people in poverty and it is also a great way to get people to read so I hope that this three-week long read to feed will get lots of money to help Heifer and their plans to help those in desperate need of our help.
Thank you.

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