Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong works on the belief that well-balanced and confident pupils enjoy successful careers in later life – which is why it encourages them to pursue a wide range of interests. Here, we learn about three of the school’s pupils who are following different passions: performing on stage, learning Chinese and doing charitable work with Box of Hope.
Zack – Performing arts
When Zack decided to audition for an upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz put on by a stage school and production company in Hong Kong, it was the first time he’d done anything like it. But his bold step paid off, and he was chosen in the cast. “I was shocked and excited upon hearing the news!” he says. “I’m very grateful to get a place in the show, and to the Head of Speech and Drama, Ms Rae, for the opportunities that led to it.”
For the audition, Zack wasn’t required to prepare specific parts from the show – instead, the director just wanted to hear his voice. “So I prepared by using my Battle of the Bards speech, ‘All the World’s a Stage’, by William Shakespeare, and I also sang ‘Beat It’ by Michael Jackson.”
Zack says he’s looking forward to the production because it will allow him to try something new and meet new people – and improve his drama skills too.
“If other kids are considering auditioning for a school production or doing something else they’ve not tried before, my tip is to not be overwhelmed by a big challenge,” he adds. “Just try your best and you’ll enjoy it!”
Sebastian – Learning Chinese
Sebastian, age eight, embarked on his Mandarin language journey at the age of just two or three, while living in Shanghai. It was there he uttered his first word in Mandarin, setting the stage for his linguistic adventure. At Wycombe Abbey School, Sebastian has been given the opportunity to immerse himself in the language through the Chinese curriculum. This has helped him embrace Mandarin as an integral part of his daily life. Whether conversing with friends, engaging in family conversations at home, seeking guidance from a Chinese teacher, or playfully communicating with his little sister, Mandarin is a constant companion.
Of course, learning Chinese doesn’t come without plenty of hard work. While Sebastian says that spoken Mandarin comes quite naturally to him, writing book reports for homework can be challenging. However, he tackles this obstacle with determination and perseverance, always striving to improve his writing skills.
Does Sebastian have advice for fellow students? “Think of Mandarin as your main language, and you’ll get good at it,” he says. “Practice a lot and play around with all the characters in your head. Also, use online Chinese learning.”
Jazlynn – Box of Hope
Meet Jazlynn, a remarkable Year 6 student from Wycombe Abbey School who exemplifies the true meaning of generosity and giving. In this year’s Box of Hope campaign, which encourages students to bring one box filled with necessities and fun elements to donate to the Box of Hope organisation, Jazlynn went above and beyond. While most students contributed a single box, she and her family took it upon themselves to contribute not just one, but five boxes.
“Jazlynn’s act of kindness showcases her commitment to embracing the value of generosity and making a positive impact on the lives of others,” says the school.
“This act serves as an inspiration to her peers and a testament to the compassionate spirit nurtured at Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong.”
Wycombe Abbey School (WASHK) is at 17 Tin Wan Street, Aberdeen
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