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ECA Spotlight: Catching Up With The Medolescents

25 November 2014

This year a new ECA has been set up and run by students: the Medolescents. We featured the ECA on our blog when it first started and we now have an update from the leader of the ECA, Hyun Jin Kim in Year 12, who has told us about what they’ve been up to.

Students at their weekly Medolescents ECA

Medolescents has been in operation for three months now, since August 2014, and we have had a great deal of fun during our ECA times. In this article, I want to give you an idea about what our ECA has done, what our group’s main accomplishments have been, and what we will do next term. It has been a great ECA so far, and for ethical reasons, I could not limit this fun just to our ECA’s Medolescents!

Each Medolescents session is always prepared by me, the group leader, so each student does not have to prepare anything for their ECA. Each month, there is a different theme into which our Medolescents will delve during four weeks.

The theme for October for example was ‘Health Campaigns Around the School’, so each group of students (working in groups of four to six) worked on a different topic, such as washing hands, brushing teeth, having enough rest, and what precautions need to be taken in public places.

Students started by watching videos about various diseases spreading throughout the world, such as SARS, Ebola Virus, Human Flu, and Avian Flu, and therefore were informed about how important hygienic issues are. They chose their topics of campaign, and produced several posters that informed BISS Puxi students about ways to sleep, take precautions, wash hands and brush teeth. On the fourth week, we posted the posters around the school, so you can see many posters present, especially in the science corridor and classrooms.

Our group’s main purpose is to share knowledge and experience among students who want to work in medically-related professions, in jobs such as doctors, nurses, paramedics and so on. We do many activities in our sessions, such as watching educational videos, discussing a certain topic, promoting issues throughout the school and researching diseases and illnesses. My position as a group leader is not of a teacher, providing education, but is a companion for students, and a friend for students in this Medolescent Medical Club. We hope that our passionate students grow up to be good doctors in the future.

What our group members and teachers say about this club:

Pina Jurisic: “I feel good about the work that I did creating these posters, for BISS students’ benefit!”

Louis Lim: “The posters that we posted will be extremely useful if students take the time to have a look at them.”

Ms. Coong: “It’s very good to see everyone who has similar interests gathering together and talking about issues happening around the world. Also the fact that multiple year groups (Years 7 - 12) participate in this ECA makes it much better as a forum of discussion."