MS Winter Reading
by Ahlya Fountain
On February 12th during Extended Advisory the entire Middle School participated in Winter Reading Activities. In December students and faculty chose books based on their interest and had the Winter Break and Lunar New Year Break to read them. During the Winter Reading day students split into groups based on their choice and along with the faculty member discussed and completed an activity relating to the book. All books were chosen to connect to either the Advisory curriculum or the IDUs that had just finished. Books ranged from non-fiction books on the topic of climate change to fiction works that deal with bullying and identity. Activities ranged from paper art using recycled materials to science experiments. These activities were purposefully chosen to reflect themes of the book to fit in the time period and to allow students to interact with the books in a meaningful way. Students who were unable to attend in person were also able to participate through Google Hangouts and other live-streaming options. The purpose of Winter Reading, along with Summer Reading is to introduce books or topics that are unfamiliar, to show that Branksome Hall Asia is a community of readers, and to encourage students to think about different reading options that are available to them.