On the weekend of 27 April, we took 57 pupils to participate in World Scholars Cup Regional Round 2019, at Gold Apple Bilingual School and the Great Theatre of China, Shanghai. This was most of these students first time competing in the event and everyone came home with at least one medal but many had more.
World Scholars Cup (WSC) for those who do not know is a celebration of learning and knowledge. It is a chance for students to debate, write and answer questions on a variety of challenging topics. Everything at WSC is done in English: Debating, Writing, Reading challenging content and answering challenging questions. This is a chance for students to not only develop their skill in their second language but also to demonstrate how far we have come in such a short time.
The 57 students were split into 19 teams (4 senior and 15 Junior teams). A special mention goes to Rose Deng who competed with the senior students even though she is 2 years under the threshold just to make the numbers even. Not only did she compete with the seniors, but her team won 2 of the 3 debates during the day, alongside Sky Shi and Gogo Ji.
As already mentioned all students participated in 3 rounds of debate. This was with varied success, but all teams learnt valuable lessons about debate and their English language skills. Another special mention needs to go to Michael Li, Jason Liu and Stephen Guan who won all 3 of their debates.
Students also participated in a collaborative writing task and scholars challenge (an extremely demanding academic test, which they have been trying to study for).
A special thanks go to the parents who came and supported and a small group of parents who offered their support in judging the debates - we couldn’t have competed without them.
On Sunday, after a team challenge; the debate showcase (where Laurence Zhu from Grade 8 was part of the judging panel) and the Scholars Showcase, awards were handed out for all events. All students were awarded for their effort but some of the stand-out performers were:
- Loretta Wang, who came in 1st place in the collaborative writing junior competition from a pool of over 400 students.
- Lillian Fu, who came 20th overall in the whole competition out of over 400 students.
- Action Yan, Gregory Pan and Thomas Zhang; and Lillian Fu, Katniss Li and Chelsea Zhou whose teams qualified for the global rounds with a silver medal for their performance in the overall competition
- Laurence Zhu who won a Gold Medal in debate and was the highest ranking senior student.
Many students won gold and silver medals from many different categories. This will be celebrated back at school. We hope that many more students look want to strive for success and compete in English.
Overall it was an extremely successful day where students learnt a lot about themselves and got to demonstrate their skills as NACIS students with other bilingual and international schools in Shanghai. Every student did the school proud and most of the students managed to qualify for the Global round, and we hope that we will be taking them to Beijing to further develop their skills and achieve greater things.