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me know your suggestions soon, via the contact details above. T h a n ks, M ichele Smith, Community Liaison Co-ordinator

Yr 7 Forum Fundraiser

Well done to Year 7 Forum representatives, Patrick Rehill, Sabry Keiso, Tess Haywood, Nathan Burns and Bonnie Knight. $62.00 was raised selling badges on May 11 and 12 for Amnesty International. A.I. campaigns for the protection of human rights globally and the implementation of the 1948 Charter of Inalienable Human Rights, including the rights of children to live free from war and poverty. For more information about the Amnesty International action group at PHSC contact Teresa Foard, International Studies Coordinator, email foardt@phsc.vic.edu.au

Lifeskills Week

Next week, all Year 9 students will take part in an important and interesting program that is designed to start them thinking about their future schooling and careers. They will have a speaker from the Tax Office who will help them to apply for a tax file number, they will explore some career options through ‘The Be Real Game’, and they will have a chance to do some physical activity such as swimming, games or dancing (subject to availability). They will also be given the chance to

explore ‘careers in the city’on Friday 16th June. year 9 students should attend all classes for whole of the week. Jo Hoyne

All the

A brand new life at PHSC

Amy Liu Hello, I am Amy Liu!! I come from Taiwan. Now I am a year 10 student. I have been studying in Australia for four months and I will go back to Taiwan in June. I am thankful for all the people who have given me a chance to study in PHSC. I really treasure each day in this school. This is my journal about the difference between the two schools. And my teacher, Miss Hayman has corrected it several times!!

The schools in Taiwan are totally different from the schools in Australia. We do not have elective subjects such as art and music; all the subjects are compulsory for all the students. These are Chinese, English, math, physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, history, geography, the three principles of the people and English writing. Because we all do the same subjects, we sit in the

same chair in the same room all day. When we start a lesson, we bow to our teachers before and after each period to show our respect; nobody is brave enough to chat or interrupt while the teachers are talking. It is said,” If you are my teacher for one day, you are my parent forever.”

The most special subject is the three principles of the people; it was developed by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. These three principles are nationalism, democracy and socialism. This is a theory revised from capitalism. It also holds the ideal of communism. In other words, the purpose of this theory is not only to enrich our country, but also to reduce the disparity between the rich and the poor. By the way, our government institution is based on this theory and it also teaches us politics and economics.

I could not get used to the Maths class in Australia at first. In Taiwan we are not allowed to use a calculator; if students bring one, it means they are cheating. ‘Cheat sheets’are not allowed in the tests, too. But I do not think this causes problems, because since year 7, the math we are taught is too hard to use a calculator. So most Taiwanese surprise Australians by their mental calculation ability! In Australia, teachers only teach ten minutes about the theorems and students do exercises after the teaching. But in Taiwan, teachers teach the ways to solve all kinds of questions in the whole period and students are expected to read the theorems at home and review everyday.

The school’s culture may be thought incredible for Australians. The school starts at 7:30 and ends at 5p.m. From 12:45 to 1:15 is a sleeping period. Students all bend their hands and sleep on their tables. Some of my classmates even take their small pillows to school! In Australia, I feel so tired in the afternoon because I do not have a sleeping period! Every morning and afternoon there is a cleaning period. One classroom has 50 classmates and each student has duty to keep their classrooms clean, like wiping windows and sweeping floors. After school finishes, almost all the students choose to go to “cram school”. Cram school is a school which encourages students to do drill exercises and help them get higher grades in monthly tests. It is said, “If you do not progress, then you will regress,” and “You should win from the starting point.” Sometimes students only sleep 5 to 6 hours per day in order to study. For Australians, high school is full of fun, but for Taiwanese, high school means a battleground to attend a good university.

Taiwanese schools have two semesters. One is from September to the end of January; another one is from February to the end of June. Furthermore, high schools students do not have a vacation because they still need to go to school in the vacation. And students go to school on Saturday every two weeks. Maybe for us, learning is one kind

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