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Three Good Things

One could be forgiven for feeling nothing short of despair upon reading current news headlines. Terrorism. Corruption. Political polarization. A climate in crisis. It is easy to get caught up in the collective negativity which has almost become de rigueur, and especially so for our young people who are preparing to head out into the Read more about Three Good Things[…]

The International Baccalaureate May 2019 Session Examinations Have Now Ended.

Congratulations to the H4 Class of 2019 on successfully completing your IB examinations. They can take great pride in how they have conducted themselves during the examination period. Our students have been a sterling example of how to approach examinations with a positive attitude and steely determination to conquer nerves and battle self-doubt. Every student Read more about The International Baccalaureate May 2019 Session Examinations Have Now Ended.[…]

European Primary Sing Too: “Any Dream Will Do” – ESC Production Performs at EPC

Today, 60 students and teachers from the British, French and German sections ventured down to the European Primary Campus to perform a preview of this year’s school production Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Amos played his role as Joseph with great conviction; as his 11 brothers passionately portrayed their jealousy and scheming responses to Read more about European Primary Sing Too: “Any Dream Will Do” – ESC Production Performs at EPC[…]

Mr. Thin Sings for Taipei Symphony Orchestra’s 50th Birthday!

On Sunday 19th May, Mr. Thin (music teacher in the British Secondary and High School) took part in a very special concert at the National Concert Hall to mark the 50th birthday of Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Singing in the TSO Chorus and joined by three other choirs, Mr. Thin took part in the world premiere Read more about Mr. Thin Sings for Taipei Symphony Orchestra’s 50th Birthday![…]

H3 English Students Delight in Literature

Last week, the H3 English A Literature class took a trip to Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant in downtown Taipei for a little keyif*. After reading Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk’s acclaimed memoir, Istanbul: Memories and the City, students were keen to sample some of the cultural – and delicious – offerings from Turkey that they discovered on the pages Read more about H3 English Students Delight in Literature[…]

Year 9 Trigonometry Breakout

This week, a selection of Year 9 Mathematics students were arithmetically stretched in a lighted-hearted, but mathematically rigorous “Break Out Challenge”. The challenges were composed of an eclectic mix of geographical skills, hidden keys, Dora the Explorer and mathematical knowledge. The teamwork and leadership skills required were impressive as students demonstrated their ability to combine their Read more about Year 9 Trigonometry Breakout[…]

Year 9 Visit Historical War Sites in Taipei

On May 17th, 18 Year 9 students that choose History as one of their IGCSE options accompanied Mr Michael Hurst MBE, Mr Bonnalie and Mr Stewart to Jinguashi to visit significant sites relating to the Second World War.  Here is an account by a Year 9 student on the experience:  Mr Hurst, the director of Read more about Year 9 Visit Historical War Sites in Taipei[…]

H1 Charcoal Expressions

The H1 Art students have continued to impress with their charcoal expressions. Charcoal is not an easy material to control. Their end of year examination entailed making of an origami structure and then, using a spotlight, creating dramatic shadows and highlights. They then recorded their observations using charcoal and chalks. They all did a wonderful job Read more about H1 Charcoal Expressions[…]

Terrific Year 7 Art Tessellations

Year 7 students experimented with tessellations in a Print Unit in their Art lessons. Each student made their own tile and looked at different patterns to embed in their styrofoam. After one very messy but productive practice printing day the students made their final print piece using different coloured inks.

Library Summer Borrowing

“Summer Borrowing” is coming again for our students! Students are able to borrow an unlimited number of non-reference books from the library over the summer break. In order to promote reading and prevent the “summer slide”, students are encouraged to borrow books from the library over summer and we will run “ALL YOU CAN BORROW” Read more about Library Summer Borrowing[…]

A Field Day in the Rain – H1 Geographers Brave the Elements

On the final day of the H1s field work it was definitely a “wet one”. The weather finally conspired against the H1 Geographers; after 2 days of near perfect conditions the rain came and made the final day of fieldwork a challenge. Despite the miserable conditions, the rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits and everyone got Read more about A Field Day in the Rain – H1 Geographers Brave the Elements[…]

FOBISIA Short Story Competition Winners

Each year, students from Year 7 through to H1 participate in the FOBISIA Short Story Writing Challenge. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to not only practice and improve their creative writing skills, but to also potentially share their talents with readers on the outside. This year’s short story theme was ‘Home’. One Read more about FOBISIA Short Story Competition Winners[…]

Mr Chow – Sports Awards Winners for 2018-2019 Announced

It is a privilege to be the Head of Sport at TES and, for me, one of the highlights every year is the Sports Awards Evening. Our 2019 Sports Awards evening was a fantastic occasion. It was the largest gathering we have had with over 350 people in the TES Community in attendance.  It was Read more about Mr Chow – Sports Awards Winners for 2018-2019 Announced[…]

Interview with Christian Loamanu – Sports Awards Evening’s Guest Speaker

On Wednesday evening of the 15th of May, students from the European Secondary Campus gathered for the 2019 Sports Awards Evening at the Taipei City Youth Development Theatre. Students heard an address from the evening’s guest speaker Christian Loamanu who has played international rugby for Japan, and club rugby for Leicester Tigers (UK) and Toulon (France). Read more about Interview with Christian Loamanu – Sports Awards Evening’s Guest Speaker[…]

TISSA Middle School Basketball Results Roll In!

It was an excellent end to the sporting season for the  Titans at Taipei European School. It was a marvellous achievement and the first one of its kind in TISSA history that the girls were Champions in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 TISSA Tournaments within one sport!!  It’s been a great 2018/19 year Read more about TISSA Middle School Basketball Results Roll In![…]

Coaches of the Year – TES Sports Awards Evening 2019

Each year, students and staff vote for the Coach of the Year and the Young Coach of the Year. The winners of these awards for the 2018-2019 year are Mr Imbleau and Jemmi from H3. Below are two short interviews conducted moments after the announcements of their wins at the 2019 Sports Awards. Coach of Read more about Coaches of the Year – TES Sports Awards Evening 2019[…]