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2018/19 March Week 3: Message from Sue Gu

Congratulate the teacher and students who won prize in Tycoon Competition
 
We are delighted to share with you the good news that children have grown with the STEAM programme and won a prize in an international competition.
 
‘Xiexienong’ Hairy-crab programme lasts for one year and the biggest achievement for children was they harvested growth. In order to actively explore and undertake social responsibilities such as ‘promoting food safety and being a practitioner of environmental protection’, they chose to take care of young crabs by turns during the 40-degree high temperature summer vacation; they chose to write the improvement report after many failures and updated the equipment, installation and farming environment; they chose to make creative works for sale before each festival to finance research, development and promotion of the project; they choose to share with more international people and countries the improvement of Chinese agriculture, technology, education and social ecology, especially the efforts that our new generation has made from a young age.
 
The mentor Focus accompanied children to create the programme from nothing. In leading children on the path of growth, he and many other teachers feel proud and happy, as well as the inherent dignity and value of being a teacher.
 
The ‘Future Stars of Business’ in China should be more committed to product quality, market integrity, global collaboration, social responsibility and gratitude. This program has laid a good foundation for children's future. Let us continue to make efforts to improve our strength and prepare the best for tomorrow.
 
We thank parents for supporting the children and appreciate all the team members who contribute to the growth of the children. Please join me in reading the reflection from the programme mentor Focus and children.

The Tycoon Competition Journey

The tycoon competition lasts for half a year and its result was announced at 8 p.m. on February 23, 2019. Experts from Dragon TV, Eastday, Liberal Arts Education, Shanghai Education and Peter Jones Foundation spoke highly of those kids who took part in the competition for the first time. They awarded our students with the first prize in group competition and the cup and certificates of the third place in onsite marketing competition.

Looking back to last September, when we first knew about Tycoon Competition, our team kept asking themselves why they should take part in the competition. At that time, our answer was to fulfill our vision of cultivating “a global citizen with love and creativity who could blend Eastern and western culture and create a better world”. Meanwhile, it could help STEAM subjects to cultivate students’ abilities of “insight, reflection, persuasion, workmanship and kindness”.

During the six-month activity, we saw our students came up with the idea of making environmental-friendly handicrafts with collected cardboards through collaboration. They made creative works such as paper craves, paper lanterns and badges. In the final, their confident and fluent bilingual presentation were recognized by both Chinese and international experts. Our students didn’t stop their efforts and they planned to use their “profits” to purchase the recycled plastic products in Ocean Cleanup, a project initiated by Dutch entrepreneurs, as gifts for outstanding students in activities such as garbage sorting and refusing disposable dishware.

We were delighted that the Tycoon Competition supported our original intention of cultivation students.

The two-day competition schedule was quite breath-taking. It was divided into three sections: the preliminary competition, the onsite marketing and the final. Our children were well-prepared and really dedicated and concentrated in every section. Due to the fatigue of the journey, some of them almost fell asleep during the awarding ceremony. However, when they finally stood on the podium, what we could see from their face was happiness and pride. When they stepped off the stage, they could not wait to share their achievement with their parents, who accompanied them all the time. Seeing this, I thought of a word: happiness does not depend on how much you achieved, but on how much you devoted. During the six months, the children had gone through a difficult and meaningful entrepreneurial process. They started from calling on others to recycle old cartons and make handicrafts, to making propaganda posters, designing logos, giving team names and selecting the leadership team. After that, they confirmed the venue and completed the transaction, which amounted to RMB 5,644 Yuan with a profit rate of 290%. That was their first bucket of gold in school days.

Bill, an expert from Peter Jones Foundation said, “every child is the winner since the experience of taking part in this competition itself is precious.” We firmly believe that when these children recall the experience after several years, they will surely smile with happiness.