At the online opening ceremony, Dr. Maggie Koong maintained the tradition of Zhushakaizhi and drew a red dot on the forehead. This symbolizes her well wishes to all the students, hoping that they do well in their studies and reach their potentials. Then she also pointed out Jigumingzhi, wishing students to be enlightened, and have ambitions in their lives. The louder the drum, the higher the ambition.
Before the ceremony, Dr. Koong deliberately ‘misplaced’ her drum. She demonstrated her creativity and ability of being an interdisciplinary inquiry learner by making a drum right on the spot.
Dr. Koong Jigumingzhi & Zhushakaizhi
Principal Yuan joined the opening ceremony with excitement and enthusiasm. She echoed Dr. Koong’s drum beating for students. She wished everyone to be excellent and proud at VPA. In order to be excellent, we need to remember the values of our school: Virtue, Positivity, and Action.
Leading by Vice Principal Gloria Li, the online opening ceremony ended perfectly with students singing the VPA school song, and marking the start of VPA’s first-ever term.
Left to right: Dr. Koong, Vice Principal Li, Pricipal Yuan
As we mentioned on our STEAM Day, we cannot envision what the world would be like for stuends in the future. We are all evolving as digital citizens and technology becomes more integral in our lives. An example was how we used our skills as digital citizens to attend our Opening Ceremony and the first week of class. Although it was disappointing not to see everyone in person, it was a good opportunity for us to practice and utilize our skills as digital leaners.
During online class, students and teachers came up with a primary technology agreement about the behavior and etiquette we should follow when using technology. We need to be respectful, responsible, and accountable for our actions. According to George Couros, there is a higher standard for digital citizens so called Digital Leadership —using the internet and social media to improve their lives, well-being, and circumstances of others.
Primary Technology Agreement
In this digital era, many parents are worried about the impact of screen time to students’ overall health, especially the effect on their optical health. To achieve a balance, our teachers have also planned offline activities to support students’ learning and taught them to use their devices wisely. For example, in year 3, we taught students to use internet responsibly, and to know that everything they put on internet will influence other citizens and they should be responsible for themselves, their communities, and the world.
During the online class, our teachers has not only successfully adapted their learning plans, but also established and grown relationships and a sense of community with students. With the sense of humanity, we broke down the barrier between us behind the digital screens.
As quoted from George Couros, “As the world becomes more digital, it’s vital that we become more human.”
On the upcoming Wednesday, 9/14, we will be hosting an online event to talk about digital citizens. Please scan the QR code and join us for discussion.
We understand that students are working very hard under the pandemic all together; therefore, we guided students to practice mindfulness meditation to improve their emotional health. We explored social, emotional, and physical well-being and what that means to their lives. We also explored positive interpersonal relationships and developed an awareness and practice of social-emotional intelligence.
For the online learning to be more effective, Dr. Koong guided teachers to prepare gift packs，including Pricipal Yuan's latest story book, and our teachers hand delivered to our students.
The gift pack from VPA
Looking forwards to meeting everyone on campus as soon as possible!