Our stories blog is a space for you to share your experiences of advocacy and action with the entire CDNIS community and beyond! Submit your stories to Mr Schulte.  Your stories can be in the form of text, photos, videos, drawings, voice-overs; be as creative as you like!

iNaturalist City Nature Challenge

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            In this project, CDNIS students, staff, and parents collect observations of local biodiversity. This project helps the efforts of scientists to study urban biodiversity…

Experiencing life as a refugee with Crossroads – IB Retreat

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  During the two day IB Retreat for grade 11, students took time away from learning about the IB program, CAS and Extended Essays to have a truly eye-opening experience…

Grade 2E inquiry + pickles + GreenWeek 2019 = fundraiser for refugees!

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Check out Mr. Ryan Scott and his Gr. 2E students taking action & helping an Upper School club fundraise! “During our 3rd Unit of Inquiry, Grade 2 found out that…

Gr. 10 students share their Personal Projects with Gr. 4 students!

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On 14th March,  Grade 10 students Tina, Alia, Matteo, Jaden and Matthew shared their Personal Projects with the Grade 4 students, and discussed they ways in which they took action…

Charlie’s football project in Philippines continues into 2019!

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Charlie Stewart, Class of 2018, shares the way he’s continued to serve a community he cares about, one that started from his time as a Gr. 9 student creating his…

“Hoops for Habitat” charity basketball event!

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Hoops for Habitat is a fundraising campaign organized by Habitat for Humanity. Hoops For Habitat is a tournament aimed to generate interest for the cause of Habitat among the Upper…

Bronze AYP Adventurers & their successes!

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Lower School teacher and AYP supervisor, Rebecca Tupling, shared the recent success of the Bronze AYP students: “I am just writing to inform you all that this past weekend we…

Amnesty Club working with “Smile with Us” and underprivileged elderly

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Hey guys! It’s Amnesty and we’ve just done an event on October 27th in collaboration with Smile with Us (a HK based NGO & charity promoting positivism) to volunteer at…

CDNIS Amnesty x Crossroads

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Amnesty CDNIS is back with another event! In collaboration with Crossroads, Amnesty hosted an event where we travelled to Crossroads HK on the 26th to help with repackaging and organising…

E-club’s 1st beach clean-up of 2019!

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The beach cleanup held at the rocky shores of the Sandy Bay Swimming Shed on western HK Island on 18th of January was a success! Upper school students participated in…

Paint Your Hammer! with Habitat for Humanity

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See the event wrap-up video here! What were the specific goals of this campaign? The goal of this campaign was to get students of the Lower School engaged with the…

Habitat for Humanity: Thailand build trip 2018

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From Sep 27 to Oct 1, over 26 HFH CDNIS volunteers went to help build a home for a couple living in Rayong, Thailand. We were able to gain an…

Gr. 5s animated video about microbeads!

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Check out this fantastically animated video about microbeads by two students from Gr. 5, Maya and Laurel! It even comes complete with a short & simple experiment for anyone to…

A musical treat for the elderly at St. Mary’s by LS Strings Ensemble

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Amelia from the LS Strings Ensemble shares their experience performing for the elderly at the St. Mary’s elderly home: “On November 15, the LS Strings Ensemble lugged our instruments down…

Tippy-Taps and container gardens – a Lower School family support Filipino communities

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Read about a family with boys in Gr. 3 and Gr. 1 that helped communities in the Philippines become stronger: Josh and Adam really valued their trip to the Philippines. …

Hearts guiding hands: Gavel x GIN winners share their experiences

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Jesse (GIN club: RESPECT): The plight of refugees and education for all are the two issues that matter to me most. Reading the news about the migrant crisis in Europe…

WWF highlights Audrey for Pink Dolphin support!

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Audrey was recently highlighted in the WWF magazine published in Hong Kong as their ‘Supporter in Focus’ given her efforts to raise awareness and the scientific information about the Chinese…

Gr. 5 student action: Bracelets, gender discrimination & the Women’s Foundation

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Here is the story of Teri, a student from Gr. 5, talking about her recent multi-activity simulation & fundraising action in support of The Women’s Foundation: I was interested in…

CDNIS families supporting HK’s homeless with ImpactHK

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A group of students and parents walked with Impact HK on Sunday evening. The group met at the Guestroom near Sham Shui Po, and loaded up with bedding, oranges and…

E-club’s Shek O beach cleanup and zero-waste veggie potluck lunch!

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Sunshine, a sea breeze and the smell of rotting meat with maggots?! What a way to start our Sunday!  Members of the e-club, friends and family joined on Sunday, the…

The Power of Words – public speaking meets global issues!

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A huge success to the public speakers of our community! On January 10th and 11th of 2018, the Young Masters Gavel Club and the GIN Clubs came together for the…

Amnesty International @ CDNIS

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“The Vow of Silence was a simple yet effective activity that met the goals of the event: to advocate for those whose voices are heard or are unable to voice…

Cooking For a Cause – supporting refugees in Chung King Mansions

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Cooking For A Cause (CFC) was started 5 years ago by a small group of passionate CDNIS students towards the refugee issue in Hong Kong. Since then, the club has…

Phillip, refugees & the New York Times essay competition: many ways to take action!

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A multi-pronged action project spurred by interaction with refugees during the summer of 2016, led Phillip to take more hands-on and creative approaches.  Read about his experiences:  “The refugee crisis…

UNICEF Food Drive for Feeding HK

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UNICEF hosted two rounds of a food drive from October 30th–November 3rd and November 27th–December 1st 2017 for the NGO Feeding Hong Kong. Feeding Hong Kong is responsible for bringing surplus food to…

Small Plastic, Big Problem – Ellie @ the Ocean Summit 2018

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“ACT YOUR WAY TO A NEW WAY OF THINKING!” – Ellie Cottrell Ellie Cottrell, a Grade 12 student, taking Geography HL was one of the keynote speakers at the Volvo…

UNICEF Winter clothes drive

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UNICEF’s recent clothing drive, held 15-19 January 2018, was organised with the aim of helping local NGO Christian Action to support refugees in need of winter clothing. Although spring approaches, there are still many chilly and windy days…

AYP: action within CDNIS & beyond!

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The Award for Young People (formerly known as Duke of Edinburgh) is a program spearheaded by Mr. Hamilton years ago and has since developed into a comprehensive experience that is…

How Education is a Right; and what a CDNIS teacher has done about it

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A Lower School Teacher, Rebecca Tupling truly believes that education should be accessible to everyone and has created two projects (one in Ontario, Canada and the other in Mwanza, Tanzania)…

Refugees advocacy through a spelling bee?!

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On Thursday November 16, RESPECT successfully organised our school’s first spelling bee in recent memory! Contestants from grades 9-12 put their spelling acumen to the test as they competed for…

“beGIN 2017” – GIN852 World Issues Conference

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As is annual tradition, CDNIS sent delegates to the GIN852 Conference held at Discover College. This year’s theme was “beGIN” and to act on this, students were divided into five…

Staff Action: Animal rights in Abu Dhabi

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Ms. Bonnie Calanchini (Lower School) writes: While living in Abu Dhabi, I was broken hearted to see the ponies at the local shopping mall, standing for many hours in the…

“Paint your… HOUSE!” Habitat for Humanity & Lower School!

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The goal of this campaign was to not only raise awareness for the issue of inadequate housing through fundraising and active advocacy campaigning but to also provide the opportunity for…

Grade 7 Service Day at St. Mary’s Home for the Aged – 27th October, 2017

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As part of their annual Service Day, a group of Grade 7 students visited St. Mary’s Home for the Aged, our neighbourhood elderly home, to lead activities with residents and…

Talks by Upper School students to Gr. 5s about refugees & taking action

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On Wednesday, 18th October 2017, Upper School students from 3 refugee support clubs presented shared the current realities of refugees living in Hong Kong and how their clubs try to…

Peace Day – Flag competition winners!

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For International Day of Peace on the 21st of September, one of the activities was to identify the flags on the ceiling of the 9th floor main entrance, and 4…

Green Halloween Costume Swap

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    Roots & Shoots students put together their second Green Halloween costume swap and successfully sold almost everything! With the start of school, camp and holidays it’s always a…

Habitat For Humanity Popcorn & Italian Soda sale

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The goal of this campaign was to increase community awareness on the role of Habitat at our school as well as the need for adequate housing and fundraise money to subsidize…

Peace Day – 21st September

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  CDNIS celebrated International Day of Peace on 21st September with peace flags, puzzles, a ‘Paths to Peace’ forest mural, student advisory discussions and a vibrant musical number “Peace on…

Operation Red-Packet

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Operation Red Packet is an annual event at CDNIS where students and teachers donate some money that they had collected as “lai-see money” (紅包) from Chinese New Year. This year,…

The Reading Tree – a year in summary!

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The Reading Tree is a club that aims that seeks to establish a transferable English curriculum in order to support learning environments within the local and global community. Our club…

Bear House – Simulations for Room to Read NGO (LEAP Action)

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After the successful launch of the LEAP programme in February, students put their learning about what it means to be a leader to action by organising an event to spread…

UNICEF’S Poverty Simulation & Winter Clothes Drive

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UNICEF’S POVERTY SIMULATION WITH GR. 4 STUDENTS: Just before Christmas break, UNICEF proposed and ran a poverty simulation for Grade 4 students. The simulation introduced them to some of the…

Amnesty International “Vow of Silence”

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On the 7th of December, Amnesty CDNIS hosted the annual “Vow of Silence”, a school-wide activity to raise awareness about those in the world who do not have a say…

Habitat for Humanity – Thailand Build trip &”Paint your hat” fundraiser

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Thailand Build Trip: Habitat for Humanity is a non-governmental organization originally founded in the United States; their mission is to have “A world where everyone has a decent place to…

Grade 7 Service Day – 18th Nov. 2016

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On Friday, 18th November, all the Grade 7 students embarked on 6 different experiences around Hong Kong that connected to a local or global issue for their annual Service Day….

1st term UNICEF events

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Averaging one event per month, this year’s UNICEF club has been working hard at fundraising and raising awareness for the seven goals of the organisation. These fundraisers have included a…

CDNIS Reading Tree celebrates success!

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As the school wraps up, CDNIS The Reading Tree has shared their year end summary of the great projects and successes they have had this year. Upper School Students in…

Habitat for Humanity – Youth Build in China!

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A small group of Grade 11 leaders embarked on a 3-day trip to Guangzhou, China to partake in Habitat For Humanity (HFH) (https://www.facebook.com/hfhcdnis/?fref=ts)  Young Leaders Build program. Despite having a…

Celebrating Semaine de la Francophonie and Supporting Christian Action!

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On the days between March 15 and March 18, Canadian International School’s very own French Club celebrated French Week! Woo-Hoo! With a fabulous bake sale full of French fresh, hot,…

Raven House Lip-Balm Service Workshop

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On Saturday, March 5th, a group of students from grades 3-6 gathered at CDNIS to participate in a Lip-Balm workshop Service Activity. Coordinated through Raven House NGO HandsOn Hong Kong and…

CDNIS Business Club – KIVA microloans

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The CDNIS Business Club is a student-led organization dedicated to providing real-world venture experiences through which members can learn and apply entrepreneurial business techniques.  The club designs, sources and produces…

CAS WEEK 2015 – SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS!

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This year there were 13 trips in Hong Kong and abroad that had service learning components, and these video links highlight the variety of authentic community needs addressed in their…

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Caring for Hong Kong’s trees

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A group of Grade 7 Students learned that ‘service’ can also include caring for our more-than-human world on our recent Grade 7 Service Learning Day on November 20th. Students visited…

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Feeding Hong Kong

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Across the Lower School, Orca House hosted a non-perishable food item drive to collect items to donate to Feeding Hong Kong, an organization that works to eliminate hunger and food…

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Plastic Free Seas

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Another option as part of the Grade 7 Service Learning Day was to participate in a boat expedition and beach cleanup with Plastic Free Seas aboard their new Sea Classroom!…

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Organic Farming on Cheung Chau

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As part of Grade 7 Service Learning Day on Friday, November 20th, a group of CDNIS students volunteered at a family organic farm on Cheung Chau island. Students learned how…

“Football for All” – Charity Fundraiser and Equity in Sport

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For his MYP Personal Project, grade 10 student Chester Chan organized and hosted a student led “Football for All” charity fundraiser on October 1st, 2015 to support “InspiringHK Sports Foundation”….

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – SoapCycling Option

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As part of Grade 7 Service Learning Day on Friday, November 20th, a group of CDNIS students volunteered with the NGO SoapCycling to improve sanitation and hygiene in underprivileged regions, one child…

Pre-Reception ‘Restaurant’ for Mother’s Choice – What a great success!

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During the week of November 23rd, Ms. Little’s Pre-Reception A classes learned through a fantastic restaurant project to raise awareness and funds for Mother’s Choice, an NGO that provides care…

RESPECT – Refugee Educational Support Program

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The Refugee Educational Support Program (also called “RESPECT”), is a program dedicated to providing learning support for refugee school children. We are a group of CDNIS Upper School students who,…

Reading Tree Thanksgiving Campaign!

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As part of The Reading Tree’s mission to establish a transferable English reading curriculum to support learning environments in the local and global community, we are purchasing class sets of…

Kids4Kids Pitch Winners!

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Two Upper School Students, Naomi Yeung (grade 12) and Inez Ferrands (grade 9) recently participated in the Kids4Kids Powered by Youth Forum and pitched their idea for an app to…

“Paint Your Glove” – Habitat for Humanity @ CDNIS

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Habitat for Humanity at CDNIS’ Paint Your Glove Event took place in late September this year and lasted for a total of five days. Lower School students from Prep to…

Service Learning Experience Subsidizes CDNIS Habitat for Humanity Trip

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As part of the CDNIS Annual Fund, the Coordinators of Local and Global Engagement offer the Service Learning Experience Subsidy to help financially support students who dedicate their time, energy,…

Global Citizenship Speaker for Grade 4 and 5

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On September 9th, active world volunteer d’Arcy Lunn visited CDNIS and presented to students in grade 4 and 5. As a social and environmental activist with several ongoing projects, he…

Kids4Kids Powered by Youth Forum 2015

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On Saturday, September 12th, 16 Upper School Students were sponsored by the CDNIS Annual Fund to attend the Powered by Youth Forum hosted by Kids4Kids. Students attended workshops that built…

GIN Leadership Retreat 2015!

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On Friday night, September 11th, 2015, the first ever GIN retreat was held at CDNIS. Two student leaders from each of the 11 Global Issues Network Clubs attended. Activities included…

Habitat for Humanity – Asia-Pacific Housing Forum

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The 5th Asia-Pacific Forum was held in Hong Kong with the purpose of discussing sustainable solutions for the issue of inadequate housing. This year’s forum focused on 4 major discussion…

E-Club: Allies for Action and GIN Week

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In the week leading up to Earth Hour 2015 (March 28th), the E-Club held our Allies for Action awareness-raising campaign, showing the fruits of our members’ labour. Having worked on…

E-Club and Geography Club – Beach Clean Up!

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The E-Club and the Geography Club went on a joint hike and beach cleanup in between Mui Wo and Pui O on the 8th of February, 2015. With a team…

Interact Club – Famine 10

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The Interact Club in CDNIS is a student organised group sponsored by Hong Kong’s Rotary Organisation (https://www.facebook.com/groups/131451460286851/). The club’s mission statement is to tackle local and global issues by participating…

Amnesty International’s Disease Awareness Week

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Throughout March 9th to 13th, CDNIS Amnesty International hosted a Disease Awareness event in correlation with our month’s foci of right of the elderly and right to healthcare. By hosting…

RARE DISEASE WALK @ The Peak

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Athena and Alina are volunteers for the organisation – the Joshua Hellmann Foundation (http://www.jhforphandisease.org/), and we organized a walk that was held on the 14th of March (Saturday) at the…

Amnesty International @ CDNIS bringing cheer and some “Light” to the elderly for Chinese New Year

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On February 6, 18 members of Amnesty International CDNIS visited the True Light Home for the Aged, an elderly home, as part of the focus on rights of the elderly….

Habitat for Humanity – Project Home Works in Hong Kong

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Although Hong Kong has a highly developed economy, 1 in 5 people still live in poverty. Project Home Works (PHW), a local project by Habitat for Humanity, gathers volunteers to…

UNICEF’s “Project Tap” & ‘smell the box’ soap drive!

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The month of January has been dedicated to water, sanitation, and hygiene for the Unicef Club. Recognising the large number of people in developing nations (including those neighbouring Hong Kong)…

Habitat for Humanity’s “Paint Your Key” campaign

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Last month, from December 8 to 12, Habitat for Humanity (http://facebook.com/hfhcdnis) hosted its 6th annual Lower School fundraiser, Paint Your Key. “Paint Your _____” is a series of events where…

Amnesty: Hungry for Change Campaign (with Justice Center)

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On October 14, Amnesty International CDNIS hosted “Hungry for Change”, an event created by Justice Centre Hong Kong, to bring about awareness of the lack of human rights refugees have…

E-Club: Reduce your Eco-Foodprint Campaign!

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During the month of December, the Environmental Club performed a food wastage audit for the 6th floor cafeteria during the Upper School’s lunch hour (Grades 9 to 12). Our aim…

Grade 6 Trip to Guizhou, China

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“This trip was an eye-opener for many of us. Even the village kids and the kindergarten students learnt a lot from this experience, and it was easy to see the…

Service Learning Trip – Habitat For Humanity

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The CDNIS Habitat for Humanity (HFH) club (https://www.facebook.com/hfhcdnis) focuses on promoting awareness of the global issue of substandard housing to the school community. With our annual lower school fundraiser Paint…

INTERACT Club’s “Feeding HK” Food Drive

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On December 14th, the Interact Club (https://www.facebook.com/groups/131451460286851/) hosted a “Food Drive” where members of the club delivered basic food supplies to Feeding HK (http://www.feedinghongkong.org/), an organisation which tackles famine problems…

What 3-year olds can do! Cook… Run a restaurant… Raise HK$10,800 for Mother’s Choice

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3-year olds. 3 days. 3 practical & profound learning experiences. Monday, 24th Nov. Cooking & Preparation for the fundraising food sale in the “Pre-Reception Restaurant”; tomato sauce, flour & egg…

d’Arcy Lunn & his “Teaspoons of Change” stories about Global Citizenship

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What does walking and cycling for 1800km across Japan give you besides a muscles? A whole lot of time to contemplate things that you normally don’t have the space for!…

October UNICEF Fundraiser and Advocacy

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The UNICEF Club at CDNIS (https://www.facebook.com/unicefcdnis) aims to raise awareness, promote and help children around the world. We held a pizza sale on 31st October, 2014 as part of our…

Engage Myanmar Club – Give a Book, Give a Dream

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We would like to thank the school community for supporting the Engage Myanmar Book Drive. In total we raised close to $10,000. That will enable us to purchase over 200…

Habitat for Humanity October Events

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The CDNIS, Habitat for Humanity (HFH) club (https://www.facebook.com/hfhcdnis) focuses on promoting awareness of the global issue of substandard housing to the school community. October was Habitat month at CDNIS and…

Interact Club Breast Cancer Walk

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The Interact Club in CDNIS is a student organised group sponsored by Hong Kong’s Rotary Organisation (https://www.facebook.com/groups/131451460286851/). The club’s mission statement is to tackle local and global issues by participating…

Habitat for Humanity’s “Shame Maika”

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The CDNIS, Habitat for Humanity (HFH) club (https://www.facebook.com/hfhcdnis) focuses on promoting awareness of the global issue of substandard housing to the school community. We recently held an advocacy and fundraising…

Arts & Clubs Fair 2014 – photos!

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Ms. Hosick and Ms. Jong organized the latest Arts & Clubs Fair, which allowed a variety of clubs to share their interests and action with the Upper School community. Many…

Grade 2E inquiry + pickles + GreenWeek 2019 = fundraiser for refugees!

| GIN & Clubs, Green, PYP | No Comments

Check out Mr. Ryan Scott and his Gr. 2E students taking action & helping an Upper School club fundraise! “During our 3rd Unit of Inquiry, Grade 2 found out that…

Bronze AYP Adventurers & their successes!

| Green, MYP | No Comments

Lower School teacher and AYP supervisor, Rebecca Tupling, shared the recent success of the Bronze AYP students: “I am just writing to inform you all that this past weekend we…

E-club’s Shek O beach cleanup and zero-waste veggie potluck lunch!

| GIN & Clubs, Green, Staff | No Comments

Sunshine, a sea breeze and the smell of rotting meat with maggots?! What a way to start our Sunday!  Members of the e-club, friends and family joined on Sunday, the…

UNICEF Food Drive for Feeding HK

| GIN & Clubs, Green | No Comments

UNICEF hosted two rounds of a food drive from October 30th–November 3rd and November 27th–December 1st 2017 for the NGO Feeding Hong Kong. Feeding Hong Kong is responsible for bringing surplus food to…

Small Plastic, Big Problem – Ellie @ the Ocean Summit 2018

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“ACT YOUR WAY TO A NEW WAY OF THINKING!” – Ellie Cottrell Ellie Cottrell, a Grade 12 student, taking Geography HL was one of the keynote speakers at the Volvo…

UNICEF Winter clothes drive

| GIN & Clubs, Green | No Comments

UNICEF’s recent clothing drive, held 15-19 January 2018, was organised with the aim of helping local NGO Christian Action to support refugees in need of winter clothing. Although spring approaches, there are still many chilly and windy days…

Staff Action: Animal rights in Abu Dhabi

| Animal Welfare, Green, Staff | No Comments

Ms. Bonnie Calanchini (Lower School) writes: While living in Abu Dhabi, I was broken hearted to see the ponies at the local shopping mall, standing for many hours in the…

Green Halloween Costume Swap

| Green, PYP | No Comments

    Roots & Shoots students put together their second Green Halloween costume swap and successfully sold almost everything! With the start of school, camp and holidays it’s always a…

E-Club: Allies for Action and GIN Week

| GIN & Clubs, Green | No Comments

In the week leading up to Earth Hour 2015 (March 28th), the E-Club held our Allies for Action awareness-raising campaign, showing the fruits of our members’ labour. Having worked on…

E-Club and Geography Club – Beach Clean Up!

| GIN & Clubs, Green | No Comments

The E-Club and the Geography Club went on a joint hike and beach cleanup in between Mui Wo and Pui O on the 8th of February, 2015. With a team…

UNICEF’s “Project Tap” & ‘smell the box’ soap drive!

| GIN & Clubs, Green | No Comments

The month of January has been dedicated to water, sanitation, and hygiene for the Unicef Club. Recognising the large number of people in developing nations (including those neighbouring Hong Kong)…

E-Club: Reduce your Eco-Foodprint Campaign!

| GIN & Clubs, Green | No Comments

During the month of December, the Environmental Club performed a food wastage audit for the 6th floor cafeteria during the Upper School’s lunch hour (Grades 9 to 12). Our aim…

Experiencing life as a refugee with Crossroads – IB Retreat

| CAS, Social Justice | No Comments

  During the two day IB Retreat for grade 11, students took time away from learning about the IB program, CAS and Extended Essays to have a truly eye-opening experience…

Charlie’s football project in Philippines continues into 2019!

| CAS, Personal Projects, Social Justice | No Comments

Charlie Stewart, Class of 2018, shares the way he’s continued to serve a community he cares about, one that started from his time as a Gr. 9 student creating his…

Paint Your Hammer! with Habitat for Humanity

| GIN & Clubs, Social Justice | No Comments

See the event wrap-up video here! What were the specific goals of this campaign? The goal of this campaign was to get students of the Lower School engaged with the…

Habitat for Humanity: Thailand build trip 2018

| CISPA Outreach, GIN & Clubs, Social Justice | No Comments

From Sep 27 to Oct 1, over 26 HFH CDNIS volunteers went to help build a home for a couple living in Rayong, Thailand. We were able to gain an…

Tippy-Taps and container gardens – a Lower School family support Filipino communities

| Social Justice | No Comments

Read about a family with boys in Gr. 3 and Gr. 1 that helped communities in the Philippines become stronger: Josh and Adam really valued their trip to the Philippines. …

Hearts guiding hands: Gavel x GIN winners share their experiences

| GIN & Clubs, Social Justice | No Comments

Jesse (GIN club: RESPECT): The plight of refugees and education for all are the two issues that matter to me most. Reading the news about the migrant crisis in Europe…

CDNIS families supporting HK’s homeless with ImpactHK

| PYP, Social Justice | No Comments

A group of students and parents walked with Impact HK on Sunday evening. The group met at the Guestroom near Sham Shui Po, and loaded up with bedding, oranges and…

The Power of Words – public speaking meets global issues!

| GIN & Clubs, Social Justice | No Comments

A huge success to the public speakers of our community! On January 10th and 11th of 2018, the Young Masters Gavel Club and the GIN Clubs came together for the…

“Paint your… HOUSE!” Habitat for Humanity & Lower School!

| CAS, GIN & Clubs, MYP, PYP, Social Justice | No Comments

The goal of this campaign was to not only raise awareness for the issue of inadequate housing through fundraising and active advocacy campaigning but to also provide the opportunity for…

Talks by Upper School students to Gr. 5s about refugees & taking action

| CAS, GIN & Clubs, PYP, Social Justice | One Comment

On Wednesday, 18th October 2017, Upper School students from 3 refugee support clubs presented shared the current realities of refugees living in Hong Kong and how their clubs try to…

Habitat For Humanity Popcorn & Italian Soda sale

| CAS, GIN & Clubs, MYP, Social Justice | No Comments

The goal of this campaign was to increase community awareness on the role of Habitat at our school as well as the need for adequate housing and fundraise money to subsidize…

Peace Day – 21st September

| MYP, PYP, Social Justice, Student Advisory | No Comments

  CDNIS celebrated International Day of Peace on 21st September with peace flags, puzzles, a ‘Paths to Peace’ forest mural, student advisory discussions and a vibrant musical number “Peace on…

Interact Club – Famine 10

| GIN & Clubs, Social Justice | No Comments

The Interact Club in CDNIS is a student organised group sponsored by Hong Kong’s Rotary Organisation (https://www.facebook.com/groups/131451460286851/). The club’s mission statement is to tackle local and global issues by participating…

RARE DISEASE WALK @ The Peak

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Athena and Alina are volunteers for the organisation – the Joshua Hellmann Foundation (http://www.jhforphandisease.org/), and we organized a walk that was held on the 14th of March (Saturday) at the…

Amnesty: Hungry for Change Campaign (with Justice Center)

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On October 14, Amnesty International CDNIS hosted “Hungry for Change”, an event created by Justice Centre Hong Kong, to bring about awareness of the lack of human rights refugees have…

Gr. 10 students share their Personal Projects with Gr. 4 students!

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On 14th March,  Grade 10 students Tina, Alia, Matteo, Jaden and Matthew shared their Personal Projects with the Grade 4 students, and discussed they ways in which they took action…

Charlie’s football project in Philippines continues into 2019!

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Charlie Stewart, Class of 2018, shares the way he’s continued to serve a community he cares about, one that started from his time as a Gr. 9 student creating his…

WWF highlights Audrey for Pink Dolphin support!

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Audrey was recently highlighted in the WWF magazine published in Hong Kong as their ‘Supporter in Focus’ given her efforts to raise awareness and the scientific information about the Chinese…

Phillip, refugees & the New York Times essay competition: many ways to take action!

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A multi-pronged action project spurred by interaction with refugees during the summer of 2016, led Phillip to take more hands-on and creative approaches.  Read about his experiences:  “The refugee crisis…

“Football for All” – Charity Fundraiser and Equity in Sport

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For his MYP Personal Project, grade 10 student Chester Chan organized and hosted a student led “Football for All” charity fundraiser on October 1st, 2015 to support “InspiringHK Sports Foundation”….

Peace Day – 21st September

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  CDNIS celebrated International Day of Peace on 21st September with peace flags, puzzles, a ‘Paths to Peace’ forest mural, student advisory discussions and a vibrant musical number “Peace on…

Bear House – Simulations for Room to Read NGO (LEAP Action)

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After the successful launch of the LEAP programme in February, students put their learning about what it means to be a leader to action by organising an event to spread…

Raven House Lip-Balm Service Workshop

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On Saturday, March 5th, a group of students from grades 3-6 gathered at CDNIS to participate in a Lip-Balm workshop Service Activity. Coordinated through Raven House NGO HandsOn Hong Kong and…

Gr. 10 students share their Personal Projects with Gr. 4 students!

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On 14th March,  Grade 10 students Tina, Alia, Matteo, Jaden and Matthew shared their Personal Projects with the Grade 4 students, and discussed they ways in which they took action…

Bronze AYP Adventurers & their successes!

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Lower School teacher and AYP supervisor, Rebecca Tupling, shared the recent success of the Bronze AYP students: “I am just writing to inform you all that this past weekend we…

WWF highlights Audrey for Pink Dolphin support!

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Audrey was recently highlighted in the WWF magazine published in Hong Kong as their ‘Supporter in Focus’ given her efforts to raise awareness and the scientific information about the Chinese…

“Paint your… HOUSE!” Habitat for Humanity & Lower School!

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The goal of this campaign was to not only raise awareness for the issue of inadequate housing through fundraising and active advocacy campaigning but to also provide the opportunity for…

Grade 7 Service Day at St. Mary’s Home for the Aged – 27th October, 2017

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As part of their annual Service Day, a group of Grade 7 students visited St. Mary’s Home for the Aged, our neighbourhood elderly home, to lead activities with residents and…

Habitat For Humanity Popcorn & Italian Soda sale

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The goal of this campaign was to increase community awareness on the role of Habitat at our school as well as the need for adequate housing and fundraise money to subsidize…

Peace Day – 21st September

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  CDNIS celebrated International Day of Peace on 21st September with peace flags, puzzles, a ‘Paths to Peace’ forest mural, student advisory discussions and a vibrant musical number “Peace on…

Grade 7 Service Day – 18th Nov. 2016

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On Friday, 18th November, all the Grade 7 students embarked on 6 different experiences around Hong Kong that connected to a local or global issue for their annual Service Day….

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Caring for Hong Kong’s trees

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A group of Grade 7 Students learned that ‘service’ can also include caring for our more-than-human world on our recent Grade 7 Service Learning Day on November 20th. Students visited…

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Feeding Hong Kong

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Across the Lower School, Orca House hosted a non-perishable food item drive to collect items to donate to Feeding Hong Kong, an organization that works to eliminate hunger and food…

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Plastic Free Seas

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Another option as part of the Grade 7 Service Learning Day was to participate in a boat expedition and beach cleanup with Plastic Free Seas aboard their new Sea Classroom!…

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Organic Farming on Cheung Chau

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As part of Grade 7 Service Learning Day on Friday, November 20th, a group of CDNIS students volunteered at a family organic farm on Cheung Chau island. Students learned how…

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – SoapCycling Option

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As part of Grade 7 Service Learning Day on Friday, November 20th, a group of CDNIS students volunteered with the NGO SoapCycling to improve sanitation and hygiene in underprivileged regions, one child…

Grade 2E inquiry + pickles + GreenWeek 2019 = fundraiser for refugees!

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Check out Mr. Ryan Scott and his Gr. 2E students taking action & helping an Upper School club fundraise! “During our 3rd Unit of Inquiry, Grade 2 found out that…

Gr. 10 students share their Personal Projects with Gr. 4 students!

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On 14th March,  Grade 10 students Tina, Alia, Matteo, Jaden and Matthew shared their Personal Projects with the Grade 4 students, and discussed they ways in which they took action…

A musical treat for the elderly at St. Mary’s by LS Strings Ensemble

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Amelia from the LS Strings Ensemble shares their experience performing for the elderly at the St. Mary’s elderly home: “On November 15, the LS Strings Ensemble lugged our instruments down…

Gr. 5 student action: Bracelets, gender discrimination & the Women’s Foundation

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Here is the story of Teri, a student from Gr. 5, talking about her recent multi-activity simulation & fundraising action in support of The Women’s Foundation: I was interested in…

CDNIS families supporting HK’s homeless with ImpactHK

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A group of students and parents walked with Impact HK on Sunday evening. The group met at the Guestroom near Sham Shui Po, and loaded up with bedding, oranges and…

“Paint your… HOUSE!” Habitat for Humanity & Lower School!

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The goal of this campaign was to not only raise awareness for the issue of inadequate housing through fundraising and active advocacy campaigning but to also provide the opportunity for…

Talks by Upper School students to Gr. 5s about refugees & taking action

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On Wednesday, 18th October 2017, Upper School students from 3 refugee support clubs presented shared the current realities of refugees living in Hong Kong and how their clubs try to…

Peace Day – Flag competition winners!

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For International Day of Peace on the 21st of September, one of the activities was to identify the flags on the ceiling of the 9th floor main entrance, and 4…

Green Halloween Costume Swap

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    Roots & Shoots students put together their second Green Halloween costume swap and successfully sold almost everything! With the start of school, camp and holidays it’s always a…

Peace Day – 21st September

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  CDNIS celebrated International Day of Peace on 21st September with peace flags, puzzles, a ‘Paths to Peace’ forest mural, student advisory discussions and a vibrant musical number “Peace on…

Pre-Reception ‘Restaurant’ for Mother’s Choice – What a great success!

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During the week of November 23rd, Ms. Little’s Pre-Reception A classes learned through a fantastic restaurant project to raise awareness and funds for Mother’s Choice, an NGO that provides care…

Global Citizenship Speaker for Grade 4 and 5

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On September 9th, active world volunteer d’Arcy Lunn visited CDNIS and presented to students in grade 4 and 5. As a social and environmental activist with several ongoing projects, he…

Grade 6 Trip to Guizhou, China

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“This trip was an eye-opener for many of us. Even the village kids and the kindergarten students learnt a lot from this experience, and it was easy to see the…

What 3-year olds can do! Cook… Run a restaurant… Raise HK$10,800 for Mother’s Choice

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3-year olds. 3 days. 3 practical & profound learning experiences. Monday, 24th Nov. Cooking & Preparation for the fundraising food sale in the “Pre-Reception Restaurant”; tomato sauce, flour & egg…

Experiencing life as a refugee with Crossroads – IB Retreat

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  During the two day IB Retreat for grade 11, students took time away from learning about the IB program, CAS and Extended Essays to have a truly eye-opening experience…

Charlie’s football project in Philippines continues into 2019!

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Charlie Stewart, Class of 2018, shares the way he’s continued to serve a community he cares about, one that started from his time as a Gr. 9 student creating his…

Phillip, refugees & the New York Times essay competition: many ways to take action!

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A multi-pronged action project spurred by interaction with refugees during the summer of 2016, led Phillip to take more hands-on and creative approaches.  Read about his experiences:  “The refugee crisis…

Small Plastic, Big Problem – Ellie @ the Ocean Summit 2018

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“ACT YOUR WAY TO A NEW WAY OF THINKING!” – Ellie Cottrell Ellie Cottrell, a Grade 12 student, taking Geography HL was one of the keynote speakers at the Volvo…

“Paint your… HOUSE!” Habitat for Humanity & Lower School!

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The goal of this campaign was to not only raise awareness for the issue of inadequate housing through fundraising and active advocacy campaigning but to also provide the opportunity for…

Talks by Upper School students to Gr. 5s about refugees & taking action

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On Wednesday, 18th October 2017, Upper School students from 3 refugee support clubs presented shared the current realities of refugees living in Hong Kong and how their clubs try to…

Habitat For Humanity Popcorn & Italian Soda sale

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The goal of this campaign was to increase community awareness on the role of Habitat at our school as well as the need for adequate housing and fundraise money to subsidize…

CAS WEEK 2015 – SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS!

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This year there were 13 trips in Hong Kong and abroad that had service learning components, and these video links highlight the variety of authentic community needs addressed in their…

Kids4Kids Pitch Winners!

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Two Upper School Students, Naomi Yeung (grade 12) and Inez Ferrands (grade 9) recently participated in the Kids4Kids Powered by Youth Forum and pitched their idea for an app to…

RARE DISEASE WALK @ The Peak

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Athena and Alina are volunteers for the organisation – the Joshua Hellmann Foundation (http://www.jhforphandisease.org/), and we organized a walk that was held on the 14th of March (Saturday) at the…

Amnesty International @ CDNIS bringing cheer and some “Light” to the elderly for Chinese New Year

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On February 6, 18 members of Amnesty International CDNIS visited the True Light Home for the Aged, an elderly home, as part of the focus on rights of the elderly….

Arts & Clubs Fair 2014 – photos!

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Ms. Hosick and Ms. Jong organized the latest Arts & Clubs Fair, which allowed a variety of clubs to share their interests and action with the Upper School community. Many…

iNaturalist City Nature Challenge

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            In this project, CDNIS students, staff, and parents collect observations of local biodiversity. This project helps the efforts of scientists to study urban biodiversity…

Grade 7 Service Day at St. Mary’s Home for the Aged – 27th October, 2017

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As part of their annual Service Day, a group of Grade 7 students visited St. Mary’s Home for the Aged, our neighbourhood elderly home, to lead activities with residents and…

Grade 7 Service Day – 18th Nov. 2016

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On Friday, 18th November, all the Grade 7 students embarked on 6 different experiences around Hong Kong that connected to a local or global issue for their annual Service Day….

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Caring for Hong Kong’s trees

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A group of Grade 7 Students learned that ‘service’ can also include caring for our more-than-human world on our recent Grade 7 Service Learning Day on November 20th. Students visited…

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Feeding Hong Kong

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Across the Lower School, Orca House hosted a non-perishable food item drive to collect items to donate to Feeding Hong Kong, an organization that works to eliminate hunger and food…

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Plastic Free Seas

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Another option as part of the Grade 7 Service Learning Day was to participate in a boat expedition and beach cleanup with Plastic Free Seas aboard their new Sea Classroom!…

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – Organic Farming on Cheung Chau

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As part of Grade 7 Service Learning Day on Friday, November 20th, a group of CDNIS students volunteered at a family organic farm on Cheung Chau island. Students learned how…

Grade 7 Service Day 2015 – SoapCycling Option

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As part of Grade 7 Service Learning Day on Friday, November 20th, a group of CDNIS students volunteered with the NGO SoapCycling to improve sanitation and hygiene in underprivileged regions, one child…