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Student Reflections on the Qingpu Xiu Long Migrant School ECA

24 October 2014

We featured the Qing Pu Xiu Long Migrant School ECA a few weeks ago, and now one of our Year 12 students, Hyun Jin Kim, has written about his experience so far, being part of this ECA and visiting the migrant school every week…

  • Students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi work with students from the Qing Pu Xiu Long Migrant School during their ECA
  • Students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi work with students from the Qing Pu Xiu Long Migrant School during their ECA
  • Students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi work with students from the Qing Pu Xiu Long Migrant School during their ECA

Hyun Jin Kim working with his buddy, Liu Yu, each week during the ECA

I have recently joined the Qing Pu Xiu Long migrant school ECA every Wednesday, and I have been enjoying it a lot. Every day I have different things to do with my buddy, who is called Liu Yu, and I feel very good whenever I see Liu Yu smiling or enjoying playing with me. In this article, I want to inform you specifically of what we are doing in our ECA and its significance.

Our Qing Pu Xiu Long Migrant School ECA started as the Students Responding to Students (SRS) programme last year. This year, we made it into our own ECA and it has become very big, and is now able to provide an after school activity in the migrant school for many more students. There are more than thirty five students registered in our Migrant School ECA, which means thirty five migrant school students will be able to get an ECA from us, as each BISS Puxi student is assigned to a migrant school student. We are extremely pleased to see BISS Puxi students enthusiastically participating in our ECA.

We have done four sessions so far this year and the topics were: Decorating Masks, Painting Portraits, Magic Clay, and Origami. We are in the Arts & Crafts period now, and we have other periods coming up, such as Music and Sports which we will start soon. There are plans written down and sent via email the day before so that BISS Puxi students will be able to know what they are doing before they get to the migrant school.

My migrant school friend Liu Yu and I are really enjoying our ECA together. Initially, it was not that easy to freely talk to him because we didn’t really know each other. To be specific, for me the Qing Pu Xiu Long Migrant School was unheard of and for Liu Yu, he has never heard of the British International School. However, through various tries we could talk to each other and become good friends. The hardest part of the process was the language, obviously because he tended to use Chinese Dialect which I do not certainly have a skill in, but we coped with the problem by using some body and sign languages. That was quite fun, and through many hours of trial and error, we could form a close friendship.

I hope other students will join our group next term because there will not be this kind of opportunity for you at any time in your life. Spending time with some migrant school students will be a very valuable experience for you that will last wherever you go, whenever it will be. I am making memorable memories with Liu Yu in the migrant school, and I hope you do the same thing.

- Hyun Jin Kim, 12P