Middle school Chinese language students have new pen pals in Taiwan. The connection came from a friend of NSCD Chinese Teacher Yun-Chu Chen, who is a high school English teacher in Taiwan. Students in Taiwan sent letters written in English and pictures of themselves to North Shore Country Day students, who wrote back in Chinese.
NSCD students wrote to their Taiwanese pen pals and described themselves, their families and hobbies. Some even contacted their new friends through social media. A highlight of the new letter exchange was a shipment of favorite Taiwanese snacks sent to NSCD middle and upper school students. NSCD students quickly reciprocated, sending their favorite American goodies to Taiwan.
The school has had pen pals with students in China in the past and hopes to complete several correspondence exchanges this year, and even continue the letter exchange with their new friends in Taiwan next year.
North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.
All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.