To celebrate Oxford Reading Tree’s 30th Birthday, they asked children to write and illustrate a 12-page new Biff, Chip and Kipper adventure.
They were amazed by all of the fantastic stories that over 4000 children sent them from all over the world. Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta, the author-illustrator team judged the entries and were delighted with all of the creative ideas that the children displayed.
Abril Allende, aged 7, from Dulwich College Shanghai won the 6 – 8 years category for her entry ’30 Years Older’. Abril’s inspiration for her story came from a recent trip to London and the Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories celebrating their 30th anniversary. She chose Kipper as the main character for her story as he is always learning new things which Abril feels she can relate too. Abril lives in Shanghai with her Parents and younger brother who also entered the competition. Abril’s mother tongue is Spanish and she started to learn English 4 years ago at Dulwich College Shanghai. Abril is a good swimmer and also enjoys drawing and writing. Her favourite story is the Silver Foil Rocket as they learn to recycle used material.
Abril will have her book cover illustrated by Alex Brychta, Oxford Reading Tree’s illustrator and her book will be displayed as an eBook on the Oxford Owl website for millions to read.
Dulwich College Shanghai are also celebrating as Chloe Yang and Eliska Prikrylova come runners up in the same competition, for their stories Treasure Chest and Sweet Blueberry Dumplings.
Congratulations to all the students who entered this international competition.
How long have you studied at DCS?
I have studied at DCS for two years - my IB years.
What have you enjoyed about studying at DCS?
Studying at DCS has been an amazing experience. My teachers were passionate and supportive, sparking my interest in not only the courses' content, but also on wider issues and ideas. What I also loved was the atmosphere in school: serious and hard-working in the classroom, and fun and relaxed in the IB common room. This balance made studying at DCS truly enjoyable. Moreover, I loved being able to interact and work with peers and teachers from all over the world, as every individual's unique background and experiences contributed to the creation of very insightful discussions and debates.
Another great memory was our Graduation. The singing with the DUCKS children as well as the clapping and cheering from Junior and Senior students while we toured the school brought our school community together and illustrated DCS's collective spirit.
What are your fondest memories?
Something I will always remember was an experiment we carried out in Biology class, were we used micropropagation to clone cauliflower. Being able to use my knowledge of cell division and plants in this real life investigation was exciting and extremely interesting.
What subjects did you study at IB?
I studied Higher Level Geography, Biology and Economics, and Standard Level Mathematics, Mandarin ab Initio, and English Language and Literature.
Which university do you plan to attend this year?
I will be attending the University of Oxford.
What is your chosen degree?
My chosen degree is Geography.
What are your plans after university?
After university, I would like to work in an organization that tackles the environmental and social challenges the world is facing today.
Last week, on the 21st and 22nd of April, the Lower Senior School performed ‘The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe’. We received lots of praise for our efforts, making us feel proud and honored to be a part of this production. What our audience didn’t know, however, was the hard work and hours of effort all cast and crew members put in to make our play a true success.
When Ms. Graves first introduced this play as being a physical rendition of one of our favorite childhood stories, we were a little apprehensive yet excited about this ambitious notion. Especially daunting was the idea of Aslan as a five-person puppet. Both cast and crew were able to take this in their stride, however, and over the course of the next few months we began to piece together both the physical and dramatic elements of this production - all in all, we wouldn’t have done this any other way.
Hours of rehearsals, both during the week and on the weekend, were occasionally tiring but provided long periods of cast bonding and theatrical creativity. In fact, rehearsals were probably the most fun and fulfilling parts of our weeks. Being able to share ideas amongst each other and adapt them to our play allowed us all to grow both on our own and in a larger group.
Over the weeks of practice rehearsals morphed from hours of creating into hours of practicing and eventually, performing dress rehearsals. As our play evolved, so did we. Our characters became more pronounced and realistic, aided by our ever-helpful crew.
Those doing makeup and costume tirelessly worked on transforming our actors into an assortment of animals, older men and women, and of course, the White Witch. The props department was able to bring the enchanting objects of Narnia to life. One of their greatest feats was the lamppost, the symbol of Narnia and the most important landmark in the play. The tech crew also provided the perfect lighting and sounds to complement our scenes, and the backstage hands ensured that our scenes always ran smoothly and reduced the frequent flurries of panic backstage to purposeful preparation for our next scene.
However, we would never have been able to bring together and organize both cast and crew without the instruction and support of our amazing director, Ms. Graves. She managed to take a group of students from Years 7 to 9 and transformed them into actors with the ability to put on an entire play. Her love and skillful direction of physical theater provided a strong and creative foundation for the performance. Ms. Graves allowed us to take a beloved childhood story and turn it into a spectacle worthy of remembrance, and for that we thank her dearly. The creation and performance of Narnia was an unforgettable experience and our memories of it will be cherished forever.
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