From kindergarten to college it’s back to school
After-school care programs a boon for working parents
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He Yueling, a fifth grader at the Jiading District Experimental School, will not be returning home right after school this semester. Instead, every day after 5 p.m., she is picked up by volunteers from the Shanghai Optics and Mechanical Research Institute, where her parents work, and taken to an after-school care program that the institute launched this month.
The program aims to help institute employees who cannot leave work in time to pick up their children from school.
In total, 48 children are divided into three classes according to their age and looked after by volunteers.
A fifth grader said this was her second time participating in the program. Before her launch, she had to go to her mother’s office to do her homework.
“Sometimes when my mom was doing lab experiments, I was left alone in the office,” she said. “And now, in the after-school daycare class, I can hang out with my friends, and it’s a lot happier.”
She finished her homework before dinner was served. The fixed menu consisted of rice and three courses with fruit and yogurt. “Our canteen prepares all the food,” said Hu Weifang, vice president of the institute’s union. “We change the meal weekly to ensure quality, variety and nutrition.”
The volunteers of the institute are responsible for picking up the children from school, leading the dinner and training sessions after dinner. According to the latest regulation issued by education authorities, commercial out-of-class tutoring courses are no longer allowed, but non-profit training sessions are encouraged.
Here in the after-school care program, children can learn calligraphy and use new materials, such as invisible ink pens. Some of the volunteers are teachers at the nearby Chinese Academy of Sciences Shanghai Experimental School.
The institute said half of its researchers are non-natives from Shanghai under the age of 35 whose parents live in other provinces and are unable to care for their grandchildren in Shanghai. .
“We have an online discussion group covering the after-school care program,” said Chen Weibiao, director of the institute. “Every morning, parents text the group if their children are attending after school that day, and volunteers come to pick up the students.”
Jiading District urges more social forces to join in off-campus care for students.
“We hope that a complete system can be put in place to encourage students to learn more new things,” said Zhu Yu, director of the Jiading Education Bureau. “And I think that schools and authorities alone are not enough to build such a system.”
Students prepare for a new school year
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Nearly 38,000 children began their campus life at the new kindergarten, elementary and secondary schools in Jiading District on September 1, the hottest first day of school in the 21st century.
At the Yuying Campus of Malu Primary School in Jiading New Town, teachers designed a half-day activity to better prepare 432 grade one students for their new school life.
“We will guide new students to develop good habits and familiarize themselves with the campus through activities,” said Zhu Ying, principal of the school.
Many first graders arrived at school around 7 a.m. Guided by teachers and volunteers, they entered the campus after having their temperature checked. Fifty second-graders then took them to wash their hands and hand-in-hand to their classrooms.
“I familiarized myself with the location of each classroom in advance. That way, I can quickly show young students their classrooms,” said Liu Zixuan, a second-grader volunteer. For him, it is also an unforgettable experience.
While most of the new students managed to start their new life on campus quite easily, a few still cried for their mothers. Chen Wanwan, a responsible grade 1 teacher, comforted them with a smile.
In the morning, first graders learned about COVID-19 prevention and etiquette at school. After that, the teachers showed them around the toilets, the canteen, the teachers’ offices and the library.
“We hope the children get used to their new student identity as soon as possible, with the help of teachers and classmates,” Zhu said.
Dragon Boat Competition Teaches Students The Importance Of Teamwork
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With the sound of a starting gunshot, the second “Torch Cup” dragon boat competition kicked off on the Tongxin River at the Jiading Campus of Tongji University. As the boats reached the finish line, a Camp Six rower suddenly lifted his paddle in the air – his teammates realized the paddle was broken because he had rowed too hard.
The student greatly boosted the morale of the team, which won the next competitions, including the championship.
“This dragon boat race made me realize the power of working side by side,” said Tang Yijia, one of the rowers.
The dragon boat competition brought great joy to the students in daily military training, as everyone experienced the spirit of unity during training and racing. Many students were motivated to join the school’s dragon boat association after the start of the school year.
Zhang Xiuyu, a teacher from the Tongji Jiading Campus Working Committee Organization, said the school emblem is an image of “three people rowing a dragon boat” and the sport vividly embodies the academic spirit of “standing side by side, flourishing to become stronger.”
“We added dragon boat competition to military training in the hope that students could pick up the paddles, advance in unity, temper their ambitions and backbone, and gain a deeper understanding of the true meaning of s ‘helping each other in the same boat. “Zhang said.
To increase student interest, the university has upgraded military training from ancient marching, military posture, and internal affairs tidying practices to incorporate more diverse and interesting tasks. In addition to training and dragon boat racing, students also wore virtual reality glasses to experience launching firepower into a virtual world.
Although the gala was canceled due to COVID-19 prevention and control, students held a flash mob to feature songs, dances and other performances. Other activities included a speech competition on “Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party”, a poster and painting competition, a “Revisiting the Long March” march and educational sessions on ” Four Stories ”which refer to the stories of the Communist Party of China, New China, Reform and Openness, and Socialist Development.
“After going to college, our collective consciousness is not as strong as that of high school. This military training really made me feel closely connected with my classmates,” said Yuan Lisha, a student. from the School of Automotive Studies.