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This year’s high school English classes started with many fresh faces, as our final year students had graduated and several moved into the HIUC program.

With new faces, came new passions and motivations, and it’s been exciting to discover about each other and our areas of expertise. Our class discussions have found enthusiasm in many subjects and topics from poetry and literature to dance and ballet, and from Japanese comedy to Western pop music.

                        Recently, we looked at the poem If— by Rudyard Kipling

Here’s verse one. Have a look and see if you like it.

If you can keep your head when all about you   

    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

    But make allowance for their doubting too;   

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: