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BISS Puxi Global Citizenship Council Wins COBIS Competition

18 March 2014

The students of our Global Citizenship Council (GCC) have recently won an international competition run by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).

  • COBIS winning video 2014

The Winning Video and the team that created it.

The BISS Puxi GCC is made up of 20 children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. They meet weekly and work to try to make the school a better place while thinking about global issues.

Liza Vasilyeva, 6I, is in the GCC: “At the GCC, we’re always working hard. If we’re not busy making adjustments to the way we recycle our paper, then we’re sticking up posters on global crises. But what the Year 6 GCC representatives were busy doing throughout November and December, was creating a video for a COBIS competition.”

Thomas Roberts from 6S is also a member of the GCC: “COBIS set a primary challenge titled, 'It's Our World - Celebrating Where We Live!'  We had to create a 3 minute video incorporating the fascinating sights and atmosphere of Shanghai.  We decided to enter this competition so we could show everyone just how special and diverse Shanghai is.”

Liza tells us more about how the students went about creating their video entry:

“Each and every one of us had a job to do and we even recruited some extra help to make it as brilliant as possible. We all became photographers, catching snaps of both traditional and modern Shanghai.  I thoroughly enjoyed this because it gave us all a chance to explore Shanghai even more!

Louis and Nicolas typed up the subtitles. Tengis experimented with the music until we had it just right. Thomas made sure that we stuck to the rules and improved everything that needed working on. Our extra helpers, Daniel Falla and Henry Haefliger, contributed lots of time to make the actual video happen.

In the end, all of our hard work paid off… we won! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we won a global competition and of course we were ecstatic. You should have seen our faces when Miss Deane (our lovely, friendly boss of the GCC) told us the brilliant news.

Our well-earned prize is a subscription to a fabulous website called Oddizzi and we won a selection of Lonely Planet books for our Primary library so keep a sharp lookout for those!

Overall, I enjoyed creating this video which we spent a lot of time and patience on and I know the rest of my team will agree with me!”

Miss Deane (the 'friendly boss' of the GCC!) is very proud of her team:

“The children deserve huge congratulations and should be very proud of themselves for working collaboratively as dedicated Global Citizenship Council representatives to create a fantastic video which reflects both traditional and modern Shanghai.  Their individual dedication and creativity was invaluable to the video making progress.  Throughout the challenge, they all developed team skills and the ability to meet a deadline, but most importantly their hard work was rewarded with the highest achievement of all.”

Well done to the whole of the GCC! Make sure you watch their winning video above.