At Shenzhen Bay School, the campus is always buzzing with activity when after-school electives are held. The school provides students with a diversified list of electives, where some develop students’ artistic abilities, while others exercise their bodies.
The school offers three types of electives including sport clubs, bridging courses and opt-in extracurricular courses, totaling more than 40 different ones. Some examples of the opt-in extracurricular courses are stop-motion animation, mini-architectures, martial arts, indoor rowing, baseball, magic clay, chess, Chinese chess, and English drama.
In the opening ceremony of the Sports Festival, the sport clubs showed off what they’ve learned. Let’s take a closer look at the opt-in extracurricular courses. In these colorful elective classes, students discover their passions.
The stop-motion animation course enables students to design scripts, build scenes, and edit the shooting and production by themselves. This class strengthens students' originality, critical thinking, writing ability, drawing ability and videographic skills. The children give full reign to their imagination over the course of the semester, and at the end, their final works are presented in the form of a screening. When sharing their work, students not only learn from each other’s products, but also gain confidence and exercise their communication skills.
(CHEN Yantong & LENG Anqi)
(BU Jialin & LI Langxi)
To most students, Indoor Rowing is a new hobby to discover. In the first class, students often cast inquisitive questions, such as: “Are we going to ride a dragon boat?” “What’s the difference between indoor rowing and outdoor rowing?”
After a semester, the students build up their physical fitness, and more importantly, they gain knowledge about rowing. Strong friendships and team spirit are also built between students and the teachers.
Baseball is a sport requiring a diverse set of skills. It is particularly powerful to improve students' physical strength, intellectual capability and teamwork. After a semester, students have developed their love for baseball despite knowing very little about the sport in the beginning. Outside of school, they watch baseball videos online. After class, they discuss the recent news about baseball with the coach. This displays how interested they are in the sport.
The martial arts elective course, with “the Shaolin Eight-Step Serial Punch" as the main learning content for this term, is novel and fun for students. In the class, each student looks eager and enthusiastic, while studying each move earnestly. After ten lessons, they have made remarkable progress in their knowledge of martial arts.
Chess enables children to develop their personalities and befriend others. Playing chess develops intelligence, critical thinking, originality, strengthens analytical ability, memory, agility and rigor of the mind. It also requires grit and trains them to face failure.
Chinese Chess is the quintessence of our country. In this semester, students not only learn the reading and writing method of Chinese Chess notation, but also master the basic knowledge of various rules of Chinese chess, such as the concept of the value of various components, common layouts, openings, attacking and capturing. Students add to their knowledge of Chinese Chess theory and chess playing competence by observing and playing Chess on their own.
In this craft course, children became little architects. They observe and create. They use materials like aluminum foil, plastic sticks, and wooden boards to construct scenes rooted in their minds. Eventually, they transform what they imagined to what could be presented in front of their eyes. Each delicate work intrigues the child to dive in and explore.
The Clay class encourages students to give full attention to their creativity and ingenuity. Students create all different kinds of animals, characters, fruit and plants.
The above is only a glimpse of what students have been engaged with in their opt-in courses. Students develop their interests and their character as they immerse themselves in these activities.