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杭州惠立学校:‘’讲”出来的文学周

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发布日期:2023-05-02 20:52:02

谨记:一本书,一支笔,一个孩子,一个老师,就能改变世界。 ——2014年诺贝尔和平奖获得者马拉拉 

“在如今ChatGPT已经能写文章的人工智能时代, 作家该如何保持写作的想象力和创造力,持续写出精彩作品的呢?” 

这是初中部Alex同学在文学周上向著名作家嘉宾巴利·雷提出的一个犀利的问题。的确,在人工智能迅猛发展、极大地影响着数字发展版图的今天,人的灵感与想象力对文学创作有着怎样的意义?作家巴利·雷是如何回答Alex同学的问题的?惠灵顿杭州校区的年度文学周有哪些积极意义?来看看图书馆馆长Bronwen Duffield的见解吧。 

Bronwen Duffield 

图书馆馆长 

在惠灵顿杭州校区一年一度的文学周里,我们读书、写作、畅谈,全校师生一起畅游在文学的海洋中;我们欢聚一堂,参与多彩的活动,共度美好时光。今年,有了家长们的加入,文学周活动显得更加精彩夺目。 

 总主题:讲故事

杭州惠立学校

今年的文学周总主题是“讲故事”。各学部根据学生所在的学习阶段搭建起跨学科联系,开展多彩活动。例如,在杭州惠立幼儿园,老师们根据当时开展的地球日课程学习,将重点放在生态类故事叙述上,讲述相关的故事和资讯,大受孩子们的喜欢。 

 与特邀嘉宾的互动 

我们邀请了一些客座故事叙述人和作家,通过线上和线下的方式与同学们互动、交流。双语魔术师Master Plaster还现身学校,将故事叙述与魔术相结合,让低年级学生大饱眼福。 

作家、故事作者和优秀的多乐器演奏家罗伯·帕金森在学校大剧院为小学部高年级学生开展了一场别开生面的读书会,讲述了用音乐故事、谜语和旋律创作的独特经历。专为青少年创作短篇读物的著名作家巴利·雷著有80余本图书,他为高年级学生主持了一场读书会。有的同学们在课上学习了他的著作,并在读书会上与作家本人开展了问答环节,详细了解了作家的写作经历、写作灵感来源及其作品在更广阔的社会环境中的意义。

初三 Alex同学 

我觉得嘉宾作家在回答我的问题时说得非常有道理:他说“每个故事都需要一个人物”,强调了人类灵感和创作的珍贵价值,让我认识到保持写作创造性的重要意义,也让我再次看到了人类本身的强大能力。 

初三 Kevin同学 

我们与嘉宾巴利·雷探讨了许多问题,其中包括现代社会中,人工智能写作是否优于人力写作等。专家嘉宾们给了我们一些文章写作的方法和启发。文学周上这样的活动对我未来写好考试文章很有帮助。 

多彩的活动 

低年级同学还以“手偶剧”的方式分享了故事。他们发挥创意,自己动手创造手偶人物、做故事彩排,最终为观众呈上诙谐有趣的演出。 

Kazimierz Michalak 

小学部高年级英语与主题课教师 

五年级的学生聚精会神地听着雨林地区的人是如何口口相传地讲述故事的,比如用丰富的表达方式去讲述故事、演绎故事,让观众看到故事的乐趣。随后,同学们还要书写自己的故事。 

初中部学生开展了“我的故事”主题活动,参与了一系列旨在培养口语表达能力的活动,例如说唱竞赛和作品朗读展示。首次启动的“周五第一章”倡议旨在于每周五向大家介绍不同的书籍,提升阅读兴趣,也颇受学生喜爱。 

孙颢萌

初中部语文教研组长 

今年的文学周期间,初一的同学们参加了别具一格的阅读挑战赛,初二的同学们把《诗经》改编成了说唱歌词,用时尚的方式诠释了千古诗篇的独特韵味;初三的同学们就“社交媒体是否加剧容貌焦虑”展开了激烈的辩论,展现出对社会现象的关注与思考。同学们共享文学的丰碑与芬芳,书写青春的华章。 

Stephen Speers 

初中部英语教研组长

在初中部,文学周是在多彩的中英双语活动中锻炼双语技能的精彩一周。这一周的最大亮点是双语集会上同学们令人惊喜的表演。在经过课内外的认真准备后,同学们登台展示优秀的语言技能,集中展示了惠立学子的创造力和出彩的语言能力。同学们高质量的表演和突出的才华让我们感到非常自豪。

初二Alice同学 一开始我非常担心要上台表演,因为歌词挺复杂的。但是经过一个月的不懈练习后,我们很高兴能在台上献上精彩的表演。 

书展一览 

文学周里的另一项精彩活动便是书展了。整个学校社群都来到书展现场,探索从经典作品到最新读物等上千本书册,让同学、家长和教职员工们都兴奋不已。这场书展由上海外文书店组织,让读者们有机会一览在杭州出售的海量英文书籍。

四年级Richie同学 我很喜欢这次的书展活动,因为这里呈现了许多不同类型的书籍。我今天选的是《内陆探险》这本书,你看,这本书里的动物会动起来,这跟我平常读的书挺不一样的。现在,这本书就是我最喜欢的书啦! 

幼儿园中班Eason同学的爸爸 

我觉得学校文学展的形式非常好。以前在家里的时候,孩子接触的多是绘本类书本。这次的书展让孩子接触到了不同类型的书籍,不仅能开拓孩子的眼界,还能锻炼孩子的英语语言能力。

书中人物扮装日

文学周的压轴戏,也是最受大家喜爱的一项传统活动,即“文学人物扮装日”。根据由医疗专业人员团队负责编辑的期刊《健康谈》,扮装活动有助于激发学生的创造性思维和沟通技巧,促进学生的语言发展和社交技能;扮装后,学生会不经意间谈论起彼此的装扮和意义,从而词汇量得到进一步扩大;此外,趣味换装的活动还有着积极的健康意义。同学们的装扮令人眼前一亮:从传统文学人物到现代经典人物,甚至还有搞笑组合服装等,出彩的装扮可谓应有尽有。

五年级Claire同学 

我觉得文学周上的扮装活动色彩丰富,特别有意思。我扮成了《亚当斯一家》里的星期三·亚当斯,因为我很喜欢她的个性。 

文学周期间,不论是在校园的哪个角落,都能看到同学们挑选新书,旁若无人地认真阅读。文学周的目标不仅仅是让孩子们参与到活力无限的活动中,更是为了让孩子们发现阅读的乐趣,培养阅读的兴趣,能在新媒体爆炸式发展的时代里沉淀自己,让思绪和想象力随着人类数千年智慧的精华,即书籍,飘向更远的地方。 

 学生和老师是在文学周里不竭的创意源泉。他们或独立、或与他人协作,参与文学活动,演绎文学故事,充分呈现出惠立教育核心价值观和精神。文学周的影响将贯穿整个学年,启发着同学们活灵活现地讲述故事,建立学生的信心和技能,让同学们在日新月异的世界里实现蓬勃发展。 

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.——By Malala Yousafzi

2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate

“In this AI age as ChatGPT is able to write articles for people, how do you manage to retain your imagination and creativity as a writer and continue to produce masterpieces?” 

This was a question raised by Alex, a Junior High pupil from Huili, to Bali Rai, our guest speaker during literacy week. Indeed, in a world with the increasing influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) having an impact on the digital landscape in ways we have yet to imagine, what is the significance of human inspiration and imagination? How did Mr. Rai answer the question? What is the influence of our annual literacy week? Let us find out more with Ms Bronwen Duffield, our Head Librarian. 

Bronwen Duffield 

Head Librarian 

Literacy Week is our annual celebration of all things related to literacy: reading, writing, oracy and more. It is a time for the school community to come together to participate in various activities. This year it is made all the more special because we are able to have our parents join us on campus once again.   

Theme: Storytelling  

Wellington College Hangzhou adopted the overall theme of Storytelling for this year. Each department then developed activities suited to their children’s stage of learning and embedded cross-curricular links. For example, our nursery pupils enjoyed a focus on eco-stories to combine their current learning around Earth Day with related stories and information books.  

 Guest speaker interactive sessions  

Pupils were also able to engage with visiting storytellers and authors – some in person and some online. Our younger pupils enjoyed an in-person visit with Master Plaster, an engaging bilingual storyteller who combines magic tricks with stories.  

Upper Primary enjoyed a session in the Grand Theatre with Rob Parkinson. Rob is able to play a wide range of instruments and led an engaging experience of musical stories, riddles and rhymes. Older pupils also enjoyed a presentation from Bali Rai, an author of over 80 books who specialises in writing shorter books for adolescents. A group of pupils who have studied his books in class also enjoyed a group Q&A session with Bali, where they asked him about his experiences as a writer, the inspiration for his writing and how his books fit into wider social contexts.   

Alex, Grade 9 

I think the guest writer answered my question with an incredible point. He said, "Every story needs a character," emphasising the value of inspiration and creativity of writers. I learned the significance of reserving creativity in writing and once again, our innate power. 

Kevin Y 9B

We explored many issues with our guest Bali Rai, including whether AI writing is superior to human writing in modern society. We were inspired by Mr Rai and learned some writing skills. Events like this during Literacy Week are conducive to my future writing for exams.  

Literacy activities 

Younger pupils had a wonderful experience sharing stories using puppet theatres. They spent time creating puppet characters, rehearsing their story and then performing for an audience.   

 Kazimierz Michalak 

English and theme teacher

Upper Primary  

Grade 5 pupils have loved being immersed in traditional stories from the rainforest that would have been passed on orally. This has included telling and performing stories with expression to make them exciting for the audience, and then going on to write their own stories.  

Our Junior High pupils engaged in the theme My Story and undertook many activities focused on developing oracy, including a rap competition and presenting readings of their work. They also enjoyed the launch of First Chapter Fridays, an initiative to share introductions to different books each Friday as part of wider reading engagement.    

Patty Sun

Head of Junior High Chinese

During the literacy week, our Grade 7 pupils participated in a special reading challenge. Grade 8 pupils created rap lyrics from the Classic of Poetry, or Shih-ching, interpreting the uniqueness of the ancient Chinese classic in a fashionable way. Grade 9 pupils had a heated debate on “whether social media exacerbates appearance anxiety”, demonstrating their concern about social phenomenon. Literacy week is an opportunity for pupils to exchange their ideas and express themselves.    

Stephen Speers 

Head of Secondary English 

Junior High took Literacy Week as a special opportunity to celebrate our pupils’ bilingualism. Pupils participated in several activities in English and Chinese. The week’s festivities culminated in a special bilingual assembly, where pupils’ led the assembly and showcased their language talents through performances prepared in and outside of class. Performances showcased creativity and our pupils’ strong oracy skills. We are so proud of the high-quality work and talent our pupils displayed on stage in assembly.  

Alice, Grade 8 

I was first quite nervous to perform this song due to the complexity of the lyrics but with a month of practice, we were so happy with the result on stage! 

Book fair 

During the week, our whole community were able to visit our book fair to explore thousands of books from classics to newly released titles. There were excited faces all around – pupils, parents and staff. The fair was run by Shanghai Foreign Language Bookstore and gave readers a rare opportunity to browse English books for sale in Hangzhou.   

Richie, Grade 4 

I really like this book fair because there are many different types of books. The book I chose today is Outback. The animal pictures in this book can move, rendering it a unique book different from the books I usually read. Now, this is my favorite book. 

Parent of Eason, EY3 

I think literacy week is wonderful. The most books my son reads at home are picture books, but this book fair presented so many different books for him. It broadens their horizons and is a change for them to practice their English language skills.  

Book character dress-up day 

The week culminated in one of our favourite traditions: book character dress-up day. According to the online journal, Healthline, edited by a team of healthcare professionals, dress-up encourages creative thinking and communication skills. It also helps pupils practice language development and their social skills.

The act of putting on and taking off costumes or outfits also has physical benefits. There are many opportunities to expand literacies by talking about the dress-up scenarios that children fashion. The campus came alive with a colourful array of costumes from traditional stories to modern classics. There were even some fun team costumes.   

Claire,  Grade 5 

In Literacy Week, I thought the costume event was really fun and very colourful. I dressed up as Wednesday from The Addams Family because I loved her personality. 

During Literacy Week, children could be found reading in all corners of the campus, picking up new books and walking around reading as if no one was watching. The purpose of Literacy Week was not just to let pupils participate in these activities, but to let them understand the fun of reading, to develop the habit of reading, to calm down in this era of AI and new media explosion, and to let their thoughts and imagination take off with the quintessence of mankind’s wisdom for thousands of years -- books.  

 Our pupils and teachers were fountains of creativity throughout the week, working independently and collaboratively to produce, participate and even perform in some amazing activities.  The intrinsic learning value and holistic spirit of a Huili education was clearly evident this week. The impact of Literacy Week in school can be continued throughout the whole year to activate the power and magic of storytelling to build pupil’s confidence and skills so that they can thrive. 

 

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