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JH English Monthly Writing Competitions – Grace Xin
Our new series of Huili JH Monthly Writing Competitions hosted by the Secondary English Department is underway! We’re very pleased to introduce the publication of our first series winners. September’s competition, ‘Why Study the Arts?’, challenged pupils to write an essay reflecting on the value of studying the arts and its role in our Huili education. We’re proud of our winners: Grace Xin (1st place) in Grade 9 and Jewelry Zhang (runner up) in Grade 10. We welcome you to listen to them interview with Ms. Cannaby and Mr. Speers as they share their perspective on the writing process and what Arts education means to them.
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Winning Article Below;
Arts are integral parts of human development and civilization. Moreover, arts are known to improve one’s nature and temperaments. Furthermore, the self-discipline required to be excellent in any bastion of art benefits other areas of one’s life.
Last year, I performed in the school musical “Seussical Jr.” I was afraid I would perform poorly since I was not skilled at acting, dancing, or singing. However, my involvement in the musical improved me significantly. I used to be extremely self-conscious; however, one whole practice of rehearsing on the stage got rid of my inhabitation, and I found myself miraculously confident on the stage. Moreover, my singing and acting skills had tremendous improvement. At the end of three shows, the entire cast, including me, was awarded a sense of accomplishment that only performing art could endow. Most importantly, we could safely claim that it would remain one of our most cherished memories.
Apart from the school musical, my participation in Huili’s orchestra gives me a sense of mission and achievement. I play as the first violinist in the orchestra, and our responsibility is to learn the two complete pieces of music by the end of the first two weeks of school. Since the music pieces were generally quite complex, they required all of us to practice daily on our own. So far, every one of us could play flawlessly by the end of the two weeks, proving that all of the musicians in the orchestra have the self-discipline to practice diligently.
I am grateful that Huili has provided several opportunities for students to display their talents in various areas of arts, which allows us to relax after a tremendous amount of work from the academic subjects. Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist.” Huili has fostered the artist in its students by promoting performing art. Moreover, Arts, especially performing art, motivates students to be enhanced versions of themselves and increases their confidence in their overall abilities. We, as students, are grateful to Huili for continuing to support its students in their artistic endeavors and cultivating students’ unceasing pursuit of artistic excellence.