"Beichen Forum" is a platform established by SHBS ASB for students to discuss community affairs. The CAS session on June 6 saw the successful conclusion of the 4th "Beichen Forum". This session was hosted by Amy Ren, Secretary General of the ASB, and all teachers and students participated in the discussion. "Beichen Forum" aims to encourage students to create their ideal school through presenting their proposals on school development.
During this session, students put forward a total of 7 proposals.
Selina Lin proposed to establish a system of uniform recycling on campus. She observed that there are few other occasions for students, especially graduates, to wear school uniforms except when they are on campus. In addition, students are growing quickly, so sometimes they may find that the school uniforms they have bought this year are not large enough for them to put on next year. Therefore, she encouraged them to donate school uniforms that they no longer wear but still are in wearable conditions. Those donated uniforms will be cleaned and sanitized by a specialized volunteer group, and then sold to students in need at a lower price. The profits from the sale would help pay for the cleaning and disinfection of the recycled uniforms. In this way, for one thing, we can help those who need uniforms save money, and for another, we can do our part to protect the environment. She also suggested that, as for those unwearable uniforms, students wash them and put them in the school's green recycling bin.
On behalf of ClouDsun, a club focusing on making creative artifacts and Genesis, a club for public welfare, Charlotte Li and Lee Li presented the public welfare project they have been doing recently. At the beginning of the semester, they watched "the Pearl Recovery Program", a video promoting support for the education of teenagers in mountaineous areas in China. Many teenagers about our age who live in mountainous areas find can't go to school because of poverty. Feeling sympathy for them, students decided to organize an online bazaar to raise money so that they could help those kids pay for their tuition. 12 volunteers were invited to design products including painting, calligraphy, photography and so on. Their artworks were put into blind boxes and sold at different prices. Buyers can purchase through the link released in the official account, and get some virtual products while helping recover the pearls at the same time.
Luca Zhu came up with some ideas for the loquat garden in our school. During her stay on campus during the lockdown, she noticed that the loquat trees were laden with fruits and produced quite a big yield. She suggested that students pick loquats when they are ripe and make them into loquat sauce or dried loquats (or fresh loquats) and sell them to teachers and students who need them. Meanwhile, the profit can be used to cover what has been spent on the activity, and the surplus can be donated to charity funds. We can design a survey and invite student volunteers to join this project, and then organize the fruit-picking and processing. Volunteers of this project will be rewarded with community service hours.
Hanxiao Cai promoted "How to Understand Meme Slangs", a mini program he has been running with his team. With the deepening of social networking, many "hot words" that are rooted in our social life and capture social emotions quickly come into being. His team have noticed that some people may unconsciously use some "Meme Slangs" when communicating with different groups, and the "other party" in the conversation may have never heard such an expression, so the two may find it difficult, to some extent, to communicate with each other. Therefore, they developed a mini program, like a small dictionary of "Meme Slangs", to make it accessible to everyone, and to solve the problems with communication in this aspect. Hanxiao introduced his team to us and told us how they have been running the mini program. He also hoped that those interested could invest in the project.
Candy Li believed that it is important and necessary for students to exchange greetings in the morning. In fact, exchange of greetings in the morning makes a greater impact on our mood than we imagine. The rush in the morning has limit our communication to only saying hello to each other. She suggested that we remind teachers and students to wear warm clothes or bring along umbrellas by adding weather forecast to the school broadcasting during the breakfast time and breaks between classes, or we broadcast something soothing or inspiring so as to reduce their fatigue and cheer them up. Finally, she hoped that everyone should care more about those around him or her.
Evan Chen put forward some suggestions on perfecting the school's community service system. Our school is characterized by community service, which is an important way to raise students’ awareness of social responsibility and cultivate their volunteer spirit. He found that the types of community services on campus are limited and far from meeting the needs of our students. He suggested that students should be encouraged to do more volunteer services outside the school, and that they should be allowed to choose the types of their service, which will contribute to their college application in the future as well. When students are doing the volunteer services they are interested, they can also help others and improve their abilities in many ways. In addition, he suggested that a manual of community services be printed to collect students’ photos, content of services, thought on services and official proofs for services. He believed that perfection of the system will benefit the students more and make volunteer service more interesting.
The PE department of the ASB reminded students to keep a record of their daily workout during online teaching. Since the home-based online teaching began, our school has provided various ways to encourage the students to work out, although the pandemic has made outdoor PE class impossible. Students may choose the sports they like and the time to work out for 140 minutes per week, and they can also challenge their classmates to add to the total workout time of their HR class. Students have been actively participating in the past few months. We hope they will keep up their efforts so that they can develop good exercises habit.
Teenagers nowadays are energetic, vigorous and creative. SHBS encourages students to take active roles in developing our community and provide them with opportunities to improve themselves because actions speak louder than words. Theses meaningful activities help both enrich their mind and improve their abilities, making them play a leading role in promoting our school culture. Our school also values students’ proposals and feedback and will respond to each of them so as to encourage students furthermore.