The Totem, November 2016
The CDNIS Alumni Office congratulates the 126 students of the Class of 2016 in completing their high school studies.
Jump to the following I Wonder What They Are Up To Now Alumni and Staff Profiles
Summer Homecoming 2016This year's Homecoming was filled with the sounds of little running feet and the high-pitched screams of kids, kids, and more kids. Nine children of alumni joined their parents and 50 other alumni in what has turned into a family day of sorts.
Vision, Mission and Values StatementsHaving unveiled our revised Vision and Mission statements earlier this year, CDNIS has been working hard in integrating these into our operations and is united in our pursuit to help students better understand the new values. A new Reaching Out, Touching Lives section on the School's website, and our recent hosting of the Roots & Shoots summit, which was graced by world renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, highlight the many ways in which our students are embodying the spirit of the statements, as they look to achieve excellence all around the world. See pictures of Dr. Jane on campus.
Winter Reception 2016Join us for snacks and drinks on Thur Dec 22, Bar Six, 63 Wyndham St. Details, and pictures of last year's Reception at the link above.
25th Anniversary CelebrationsCDNIS has come a long way since first opening its doors in 1991, with the School having been recognized as one of the leading schools in Southeast Asia. To commemorate this historic milestone, several celebratory events have been planned, including the upcoming 25th Anniversary Golf Day and the specially-priced Family Fun Fair – both of which will take place later this month. Additionally, have a look at the Throwback Thursday album in the alumni Facebook page; you may just see yours there with those unforgettable braces, the biggest pimple in the world, or with your first true love!
Class of '06 Tenth AnniversarySat Dec 10, 5pm-8pm, on campus. Join your classmates to celebrate 10 years of post-CDNIS life. Contact Candice Lam for details.
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Alumni Mentorship ProgrammeTwelve alumni joined the 2016 intake for the Programme in May, representing classes from 2002 to 2014. They will be mentors for the two years the students are in the IB Diploma Programme.
Experienced alumniDo you have advice about university or work-related skills for recent alumni?
I Wonder What They're Up To
The only thing constant in life is change...find out about where life has taken some of your former classmates.
CLASS OF 2003 Lily Chan went to the University of British Columbia for a Bachelor of Arts, Major in English, then to the University of Western Ontario for her Bachelor of Education.She is now a teacher in our Upper School English Department. Lily has worked at several international schools in Asia. She is the first alum of CDNIS to be hired as a full-time teacher.
CLASS OF 2006 Candice Lam Studied at the University of Toronto, before returning to Hong Kong for work. Candice met her husband, John, while working in Human Relations at Credit Agricole. She then worked for UBS in Human Relations. She is now a full-time mom to 7-month old Kacy, and is planning on having more children.Feonnna Fong Started working as a Lower School Educational Assistant at CDNIS in August 2016.
Zenan Kwan received her Bachelor of Music, with a major in piano and a minor in violin, from the Royal Academy of Music in the United Kingdom. She was then awarded a scholarship to study her Masters degree at Indiana University. She is now a music teacher in Hong Kong. Zenan graced our community with her skill at the silent auction for the Jane Goodall Institute held on campus in early November.CLASS OF 2011 Sharan Sadarangani graduated from Northeastern University in 2015, then worked in the United States for one year at an accounting firm. He moved back to Hong Kong in April 2016 to be close to family, and started Casa Vinho, a firm specialising in importing Portuguese wine from the Douro region.
CLASS OF 2012 Kristie Ko is a director and production designer with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and TV Production from the University of Southern California. Her most recent short film, Red Hot Frog, will be premiering at the Asians on Film Festival 2017. Having worked in Hong Kong and Los Angeles, she often explores themes of identity, culture, and relationships in her work. She is currently developing her next short, Anchor Baby, a drama about an unlikely friendship between two different generations of immigrants.
CLASS OF 2016 Jeffrey Mak is in his third year at the University of Hong Kong, doing a Major in computer science and a Minor in biochemistry. He will graduate in 2018, then hopes to go on to study a Master's degree or a Doctorate. Jeffrey entered HKU ahead of students of his graduating class.
Lily Chan '03 Jeffrey Mak '16
Candice Lam '06
Feonna Fong '06
Zenan Kwan '06 (right)
Sharan Sadarangani '11
New film by Kristie Ko '12
Helping the School
Clare Leckie, Adrian Mok and Jackie Truhol, all Class of 2016, speak to Gr. 11 DP students about "The Real IB",at the IB DP Retreat held for Gr. 11 students
Alumni ProfileEugenia Ng '07If you are a Canadian music fan, you would have known that The Tragically Hip had their last concert at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston. Eugenia was fortunate to be at that concert because of her job.
After graduating from CDNIS in 2007, I pursued Accounting and Financial Management at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Upon graduating, I took a year's sabbatical and travelled to a few countries within South East Asia.
During university, I had four co-op terms, one of which was in Kingston. I found Kingston to be much nicer than Waterloo – with it being next to the water and being festive and pretty during the summer – and had some friends there so I decided to try my luck working there. After relocating to Kingston, I watched a Metric concert at the Rogers K-Rock Centre, which coincidentally became where I would start my career a few months later. Had you asked me then, I would never have expected to end up working at a hockey arena.
The night of The Tragically Hip concert, August 20, 2016, was a celebration unlike any other in Kingston, or perhaps across all of Canada. The city of Kingston had been alight with excitement for much of the week prior to the concert. Extensive preparations were underway to ensure that the event would be a complete success. A large screen was set up in the Market Square for those who couldn't get tickets at the Centre to watch the nationwide live broadcast. Over 6,300 people attended the concert, maxing out the capacity of the small venue that typically saw concerts around the 2,000 to 4,000 range. Even Justin Trudeau showed up to pay tribute to the band. In the Market Square, over a staggering 25,000 people came out to watch the live broadcast, the streets even more crammed than the Sogo crossing in Causeway Bay on a Friday night—quite unusual for a city of only 160,000 people.
Market Square outside K-Rock Centre
I grew up at CDNIS having started in Prep. I miss the welcoming "family-like" atmosphere at the school – something that Alan Dick played a huge part in helping to foster. I appreciated the small class sizes and direct engagement with our teachers – something that is lost during university when classes have well over 100 students.
I also miss spending time on subjects that weren't traditionally academic, such as art and creative writing, and having access to resources to explore those subjects. As an adult, it becomes harder to find time to squeeze in hobbies and leisure activities, and there's a constant struggle to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
The other thing I miss is being able to see friends easily. I've kept in touch with many of my CDNIS friends, but we're spread out across multiple countries and different time zones, and, so, it's difficult to even see each other in person once a year.
I don't miss running up 13 flights of stairs, though – although it does make me realize how unfit I must be now whenever I emerge out of breath after climbing the comparatively shorter flight of stairs at work today.
On a more general level, I miss the food in Hong Kong – especially street food and the hole-in-the-wall places that cost you about $5 CAD to fill up an empty stomach, thereby avoiding fast food altogether; as well as the energy of a bustling city where the nights are young at 11pm. In comparison, most restaurants in Kingston are closed by 10pm.
10 Minutes with...
Interim Head of School, David Baird, started at CDNIS in 2016. He will be the Interim Head of School for two years.
When did you start at CDNIS, and what were you hired to do? August 2016, as Interim Head of School for two years to get the school ready for Council of International Schools certification and IB evaluation, and to provide strategic direction for the school.Where were you before CDNIS, and what were you doing? I was semi-retired in British Columbia, installing floors in my home and getting a sailboat skippers licence.Can you name the first and last names of 4 teachers in CDNIS? John Stringer, Catharine Ho, Blair Schmalenberg, Iain Shortt.What sport/club did you enjoy coaching? Volleyball.Thrill of Victory and Agony of Defeat moment? Defeating a MUCH taller team in a volleyball championship; losing by 2 points in the championship game of volleyball tournament. What's your favourite local food? Sizzling Buttered Scallops.What was your nickname in school? Bairdski.Your first girlfriend's name? Sue, in university. I was clueless when it came to dating in high school.Most embarrasing moment as a teacher? As a new teacher at the age of 24, I was called to the Principal's office because I said, reluctantly, to a Gr. 7 girl who asked for advice on her looks, that she wears too much make-up. The girl cried all night, complaining to her father. Her father was the Chief of the Haida Nations people, one of Canada's aboriginal groups. He too attended the meeting in the Principal's office.
What is your favorite word/phrase? Interesting (it's very versatile). What is your least favorite word/phrase? Awesome.What turns you on? Challenging conversation.What turns you off? People who look charismatic but have clay feet.What sound do you love? The sea coast, the sound of waves against rocks.What sound do you hate? Pointless bickering by children in the backset of a car.What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? Acrobatic pilot. What profession would you not like to be in? Dentist.Which celebrity would you like to be stuck on a deserted island with? Nelson Mandela. Who would you like to have your last conversation with before you pass away? My wife.If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? I've made a mistake; go back, I'll give you 10 more years.
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