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Inspiring speech

Read the speech while having the music playing in the background, emphasize sometimes by slowing down:

“It doesn’t matter how hard you’ve fallen, it doesn’t matter how much you’ve lost, it doesn’t matter how badly you hit the ground, you have the ability to get back up. It’s never too late to start fighting for whats yours, it’s never too late to do what’s right, it’s never too late to respect yourself, it’s never too late to love yourself, to appreciate yourself. All you have in this world is your happiness, and you can’t let that go, you need to remember who you are, you need to remember your dreams, you need to remember that you’re enough. We’re not made to survive, we’re not made to manage our pain or get through it, we’re made to be creators of our lives. You said you wanted to change, you said you wanted to start again, what are you waiting for? Change doesn’t come over night, you need to get up and  decide to do what it takes to fight for what’s right, do what it takes to reach your goals, do what it takes to fight for your dreams, to fight for your rights, you got what it takes, you just need to work harder, you need to start to be the you you’ve always wanted to be your entire life. Start living your dreams, fight for your happiness, fight for your happiness, and start doing whats right.”

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Feature Article: WenYu river

Feature Article: WenYu River

Jeremy Ng


Students held tight onto bamboo sticks while other students used duct tape to hold their water collection devices in place. “Finally!” students exclaimed as they are finished making their water collection devices. Groups of four students each- consisting of 2 ISB students and 2 Niu Lan Shan students finally tested how well they engineered the water samplers. Three students from each group leaned forward looking down at the seemingly high turbid level water as one student slowly lowered the water tester down into the void.


It was a sunny Wednesday morning, April 13th, where about 80 students from both Niu Lan Shan middle school and International School of Beijing Futures academy went to the WenYu river for the launch of the project “We Are One.” The guiding question asks students how they can clean the local waterways of Beijing as a community. When students disembarked the bus after the 15 minutes trip to the WenYu, they walked down the mini hill to see the gloomy, thick river filled with trash. “I wonder what all the black layers floating at the top of the river are?” A puzzled student questioned himself.


“I wonder if all the trash comes from the nearby apartments?” Another student asked while pointing to the many apartments right next to the river.


The WenYu river is one of the main waterways of Beijing, and it is a human resource. Unfortunately, it is being severely polluted by sewer waste. Beijing alone produces 6,800 tons of human waste per day, almost enough to fill three Olympic swimming pools, but instead of going into pools, it gets flushed into the sewers which dump into Beijing’s waterways; creating tons of water pollution and deadly bacteria.


Students also thought that the trash might come from people littering nearby so the students from both schools started out their half day field trip by picking up trash nearby the river, students found a lot of trash nearby the river mostly including styrofoam, plastic, cigarette butts and more.


From a bird’s eye view, you can see that there could be a lot of reasons that the river might be polluted which includes Pinnacle Plaza nearby the river. There are many restaurants there that dump their leftovers, therefore resulting in a polluted water system. A big portion of the waste pinnacle plaza produces is a BBQ restaurant which produces most of the waste compared to the other shops in Pinnacle Plaza.


Other waste sources along the long WenYu river include golf courses. According to the famous website, Beachapedia, golf courses can pollute a lot of the local waterways: “To develop a golf course, many acres of land may have to be cleared of natural vegetation and habitat, graded, and planted with what is often non-native grasses, trees, and shrubs. All that pretty green grass takes a lot of water, fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides to maintain. The local water supply may or may not be adequate for the required irrigation needs. Chemical use, combined with over-irrigation may cause contamination of groundwater aquifers, surface water bodies, and the ocean. Native plants and animals may be destroyed/driven out. Natural coastal dunes or other coastal features may be covered over. ”


All the pesticides run into the water and can dilute the river properties making it more acidic than before. There are a total of six golf courses next to the WenYu river. Golf courses are not the only threat to natural waterways; threats also include the Beijing airport. Tons of airplane fuel flow into the waterways of Beijing everyday as many planes take-off.


As the students picked up the trash they could observe a lot of plastic bags and food wraps, which they could easily relate to the fact that many fast food restaurants are nearby such as McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC and more. They also found shattered pieces of flower pots as that could relate to the fact that many people are selling flowers nearby the river.


“I wonder if the flower sellers use the dirty water to feed the plants?” A student asked our science facilitator.


Very soon our ISB Futures academy students will complete an action project to help the Beijing waterways and make it cleaner than ever before and make Beijing great again.




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Reading response 2

1st place: St. Mungo’s hospital


St. Mungo’s hospital is like a real hospital in real life, but in Harry Potter this hospital is a hospital only for wizards, this setting really affected the plot because it saved Arthur Weasley’s life, Arthur Weasley was a great contribution to the Order and he helped guide the plot some times in the book. This hospital was very organized as seen from page 429 that it is listed and organized into different sections for differently talented healers (Magical doctors) to work in.


2nd place: Room of Requirements


The room of requirements definitely helped change the plot of the story and will for sure improve the dueling skills of the students from the DA (Dumbledoor’s army). The room of requirements is a room that will become a room that is perfect for whoever is using it, in this case Harry is using it to teach his followers and friends how to defend themselves. This room is like a normal gym in real life but for magic. It is like a gym because it improves ones skill in defending themselves allowing them to become stronger.


3rd place: Grimmauld place


Grimmauld place is where Sirius Black, Harry’s godfather, lives. This helped shape the plot of the story because when Harry got attacked by the dementors at the beginning of the book Harry got a place to stay with his friends. It was most important for the order’s meetings allowing them to defeat Voldemort. Grimmaulds place is like a real old house in real life, it is used to live in with dinner tables, and can be used for meetings. But in this house they are having a sleep over so about 10 people are living in that house.