“She has always been brilliant! Started with BIBS since G1 and now she is a big girl already!” “I’m not surprised that she won these awards. She scored full mark at the PYP Exhibition. She has been a very hard-working girl!” The BIBS UES teachers could not say enough nice things about our leading role today.
Graduated from BIBS UES Elementary School and now in BIBS Shunyi MS, Xi Xue is a bright girl who loves baking, singing, dancing, reading, crafting, and of course playing with cats with friends.
对于才上6年级的薛希而言，今年是第一次参加美国学术五项全能（USAP：United States Academic Pentathlon），“之前确实对比赛完全不了解，不知道是一轮一轮的考，还是考一次就可以，也不知道是个人赛还是团队赛。”薛希笑着说，“好在后来学校的带队老师组织我们备赛和演练，Mr. Chris讲课讲的很清晰，还会有各种好玩的学习活动给我们做。备赛过程中我们了解了很多关于比赛的具体规则，也学到了很多学习小技巧，比如看书过程中如何记笔记强化记忆，如何与队友协同备战等。”
This year was the first USAP (United States Academic Pentathlon) for our G6 Xi Xue, who did not quite understand what’s what about the competition. But Xi was not overly worried, “Our teacher Mr. Chris helped us prepare and practice. It was fun. We learnt the competition rules as well as skills and techniques, such as enhancing memorizing by taking notes, and working as a team.”
The topic of this year’s USAP was The Cold War. The 600+ pages of Resource Guide in English was quite a challenge for a G6 student. Her English must be super good. “As I grew up with BIBS, mom and dad always encouraged me to read. Vocabulary and grammar seemed to build up as I read more.” Said Xi, “I like Math, English Literature, and History, and I have kept the habit of writing notes when I study and read.”
Easy as it may sounded, it was not easy at the Pentathlon. Xi still remembered how intense it was, “The 30 minutes before the competition start was a long waiting. We went through the notes repeatedly. As I wrote a little too long at the writing test, I also finished in the last few seconds, and my heart was beating so fast…” At the end of the day, Xi won a silver medal and 2 bronze medals in the national Honor Division of Literature, Math and Social Science, and a bronze medal of National Individual Total Score. She also won the highest individual total score among the BIBS team!
“We wanted a multi-cultural, inquiry-based learning, loving and supportive environment for Xi. In the last 6 years with BIBS, I think Xi received a lot of help from her teachers. She is a little question machine, and her teachers have been very patient. The diversified activities like student’s union, chorus and dancing team offered her a lot of opportunities to develop her interests and talent. Xi loves her school. Education is never just about parents or school. It’s the interest and passion that drive her to learn every day.”
Speaking of the future, Xi smiled like a blossom, “I’m only G6, my future can be anything! For the time being, I’m really into language and geology, but I have not set much plan yet.” As for Xi’s parents, their expectation for her is nothing more than happiness and academic success.
We hope that our multi-cultural environment, inquiry-based learning concept, our love and support, may bring a bigger stage for Xi’s future. We believe a brilliant girl like Xi, full of passion, curiosity, and lifelong learning spirit, will develop towards her own success.