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March 2019


By | Activities


“MHMO” (Maple Hill Mini Olympics) has been topping the list of our bi-weekly Super Wednesday events in terms of popularity. This time we gave our athletes 6 stations to complete, which are plank, wall squat, sit-ups, push-ups, broad jump and vertical jump. Each station was supervised by one teacher, who would also track the results on the “completion sheet” of each participant. Time for action! Defending champion of Vertical Jump, Allen Lian, a Grade 12 student, shared the champion title with Chris Chen as they were both able to jump a jaw-dropping 2.85 meters. They received a big challenge from one of our school board members, Michal Ding, who reached 2.7 meters. The competition in plank seemed quite fierce as well. Frank Guan from Grade 10 had got his face totally flushed while he was trying his utmost to break the 3-mins record that was just created by another student a short while ago. Finally, he made it! It was 4 minutes that he could hold his body with just elbows and toes on the ground. Although there is only one champion in each competition, every student has successfully completed all 6 missions regardless of challenges, either physical or mental. The latter is much more meaningful and important, according to Maple Hill’s education philosophy. “This (activity) really saves me from tonight’s gym exercise, I just wanna collapse in bed right now!” said Larissa Mei, a Gr. 10 student, while panting heavily. Nice day!

Marshmallow Challenge

By | Activities, Super Wednesday

That snowstorm is wearing off, this brainstorm is kicking off.  Maple Hill’s signature “Super Wednesday” event has come back!

After a thorough discussion among the entire faculty, we finally decided to start this year’s first such event with something that would work on the student’s creative thinking and to practice their communication skills  — The Marshmallow Challenge it is!

Blending in the knowledge of various science subjects, such as physics and mathematics, this fun activity also requires strong patience, creativity, leadership and close team collaboration. Provided with the same amount of pasta noodles, string, tape and one marshmallow, students were divided in 6 groups using  their wits to make their “pasta tower” as high as possible.

Apparently 20 minutes seemed far from enough for our students  to go through the whole process from discussion to execution, and all the way to completion. With a mixture of screaming, clamoring and laughing, the Judge, Principal Eric DiNozzi, announced the end of the game.

Although each team worked hard to make their towers as tall as possible, the group under the supervision of our humanities teacher, Mr. Dominic Lee,  emerged victorious with a tower measuring 44.5 cm from base to the top of the marshmallow.