University and Career advice from the SWIS Counselors

An episode of SWIS ROC RADIO

By Eugene Leonard
This is the podcast channel of Shen Wai International School (SWIS) www.swis.cn

The school is located in the beautiful scenery of the Shenzhen Bay. SWIS covers a floor area of 24,000 m2 with a construction area of 42,000 m2 and is equipped with extensive first class facilities.

It serves children of the expatriate community who work in Shenzhen and children who are permanent residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

The school altogether has 54 classrooms with a capacity of hosting 1,080 students in total.

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Shenzhen Orientation Podcast #5 Bars/Restaurants
McCawley's Shekou (Seaworld) were the sponsors of today's show on SWIS ROC Radio. Craig Wildman, the general manager, kindly offered three loyalty cards to new members of SWIS Staff which we will give out on the next show. Thank you Craig.  On the show, I was joined by Matt Manfredi (Long Island New York) and Emmet o Halloran (East Clare, Ireland) We highly recommend McCawleys in the first part of the show. We hear about their steak and chips on Wednesday nights - 128RMB for an excellent dish. Wednesday is also their quiz night which we attended and came a respectable 3rd place. Interestingly, the winning team included the highly esteemed Mr.Wildman himself......now we are not suggesting anything untoward.........Realy enjoyable night and we will be back next week to win! Pizza and Margaritas are half price during the quiz. Matt and Emmet tell us about their excellent loyalty program which we highly recommend staff to sign up and avail of. Tuesday Night is teacher's night with a 10% discount with a valid ID!  Friday and Saturday have live music and just started at McCawley's on a Sunday is their Comedy Night. Check out their new food menu and the brunch is always a favorite of mine. Thank you Craig for your continued support.   In the second part of the show we hear about different bars and restaurants which come highly recommended by the guys (and they're experienced lads in this area!) We hear about The Evil Duck, Peko, Bionic, The Brew, Artisans, Volfonis, The George and Dragon, Artisans Houhai (Exit E1) Le5 Chefs, Cayotes, The Snake Pit and Xpats in Shekou.  We hope you enjoy the show.  SWIS ROC Radio Listen, Like, Learn  #swisrocradio #swisShenzhen #swisroc #swisrocs #newstaffSWIS
June 21, 2019
Health/Fitness/Sport in Shenzhen
Today's show featured Cloe Lacombe Bar, Johanna Henson and Matt Manfredi who talked all about sports, health and fitness in Shenzhen!  Our show this week was sponsored by Volfonis In Shekou. Owen very kindly donated 5x100 RMB vouchers for new/current staff.  Jennifer Hager received a voucher for sending in an excellent question about cinemas and mobile phone providers which Santy Patel (SWIS Parent of G1 Boy in Mr.Paul Ward's Class) All the information on Health, Sport and Fitness can be found on the Google Doc that staff have been adding to all week (thank you to all staff who have contributed information to the Doc). There was a technical hitch on today's show so the format is a little different.....someone who cannot be named for reasons unknown forgot to press the record button the first time......so we had to record a much faster version the second time........ No names will be provided..... We hope you enjoy the show.  Finally and most importantly this weekend.  There's a very special girl in Hanoi who is celebrating her 11th Birthday this weekend called Kayley (Matt's wonderful daughter) and we hope she has an amazing day. Eat lots of snails and enjoy the ice skating; you will be fantastic. SWIS ROC RADIO Listen, Like, Learn  ****If you like this podcast, share and subscribe and check out previous episodes as well as a new podcast series about expats in Shenzhen on PRS Radio******* 
June 6, 2019
New Staff Orientation Podcast E4 Teaser - Sports/Health/Fitness Options
#swisrocradio new staff #swisShenzhen orientation podcast E4 will be recorded tomorrow afternoon.  Here is some information about the topics we will cover and there's lots of information about Sports/Health/Fitness Options in #Shenzhen in this Google Doc https://bit.ly/2KqfAUq  Check out #PRSradioSZ as well for a new podcast series about long term expats in Shenzhen.  https://anchor.fm/prsradio/episodes/Paul-Delahunty---The-Virgin-of-PRS-Radio-e477ff/a-ageqit
June 5, 2019
Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Shenzhen China
We welcomed Justin Barrett, MYP Drama Teacher, on to #SWISROCRADIO this morning.   Our regular co-host Matt Manfredi was in the seat beside Justin to keep him in check.... Introduction (0.03-07.36) We had some house keeping which needed to be addressed before we started the main show;  Thank you to our sponsors this week Xpats Bar Shenzhen (Phenix Everly) ******** Background Info on Mr.Barrett  Kayley's Dog Brody (Kayley is Matt's Daughter and she has been most upset that her dog has not got a mention on the show). The highly respected Dante Manfredi, Long Island and his criticism of the host which was confirmed to be accurate...(thank you Dante for exposing the truth). Travel to Hong Kong/Macau/Zhuhai (07.39-22.05) We talked about the various options including ferries from Shekou, buses from Shenzhen Bay, taxis and trains.  Here is the timetable for the ferry.  To book tickets you can create an account and buy here.  Tickets can be picked up at the Kiosk at the ferry terminal. You will need a chinese phone number to set this up.  Shenzhen Party has lots more excellent information about the region.  Quiz - Long Island v St.Kilda's (22.08-35.04) In this section Matt goes head to head with Justin in a fun trivia section to win a 100RMB Voucher from Xpats Bar.  Check out this good website funtrivia.com to find some good quizzes! Justin beat Matt to win the prize thereby casting doubts on Dante's earlier assertions.... Travel within the Region (35.07-49.50) We explore different options including Vietnam and Thailand and flight options.  Questions from New Staff (49.50-51.00) We take questions submitted by new staff members about banking and cycling and attempt poorly to answer them!  Final Section (51.00-54.00) Thanks to our sponsors from the last three podcasts including Le 5 Chefs, Xpats Bar and HH Gourmet in Shekou.  Matt at HH Gourmet has very kindly donated vouchers and coffees to new members of the SWIS Shenzhen Staff in August. Thank You Matt. I love the bagels there myself and can highly recommend this restaurant to all staff.  Maggie at George and Dragon has also promised 3 vouchers for our hungry/thirsty new staff. The Shepherd's Pie is fantastic there and they have amazing offers on Monday nights.  We hope you enjoy the show.  SWIS ROC RADIO Listen, Like, Learn.  ******** We have contacted The Guinness Book of Records to see if we managed to break the record for the amount of time we blatantly unashamedly promote our sponsors Xpats Bar this week.  Did  we mention that we were sponsored by Xpats Bar this week? 
May 31, 2019
New staff #swisShenzhen Orientation Podcast 3 Teaser
We will record the 3rd in our series of orientation podcasts tomorrow morning with Matt Manfredi, Long Island, New York and Justin Barrett, SWIS MYP Drama Teacher from Australia.  We will talk about transport and travel within China and further afield during holidays.  The aim is also to discuss the weather and what to expect when you arrive and what to pack/not to pack for your move! I am sure we'll go off task...... On the show tomorrow, there will be three 100 RMB vouchers to be won from Xpats Bar in Shenzhen (3 locations). Thank you to the owner Phenix for sponsoring these. To be in with a chance of winning, please subscribe and share the podcast and leave some audio feedback or questions which we will add to the show or leave an audio message introducing yourself.  Finally, we will have a fun quiz on the show tomorrow...... Dante in Long Island, the father of Matt Manfredi, our Number 1 fan will be spoken about........ SWIS ROC RADIO Listen, Like, Learn 
May 30, 2019
So You’ve Decided to Move to China....What Next?
SWIS Shenzhen Orientation Episode #E2  Today we welcomed Tuula Webb & Matthew Manfredi on SWIS ROC Radio for the second in our orientation podcasts.  The focus of this podcast in the first part of the show was housing; we looked at the advantages/disadvantages of both living on/off campus.  To live off campus, we recommend that new staff be aware of the costs involved in getting an apartment.  You will need cash upfront to pay;  2 months deposit  1 month rent Agent Fee (Finder Fee)  A one off fee which is 1/2 a months rent  So typically to rent a 9000 RMB apartment (typically a 90sqm 2 bedroom) you would need 31,500 up front to move ($4556) A 3 bedroom (140sqm+) can be anything from 12,000-17,000 RMB.  We will send you on WeChat agents which can help you find accommodation. Thomas is a reputable agent in Shekou who may staff have used and his WeChat ID is; shekourent Housing Hidden Costs;  Management Fee (between 300-600 per month depending on size of apartment)  Faipao (need for reimbursement from school) - The cost is typically 4% of Rent to get the Faipao ( 360RMB per month on a 9000 rental)  Electricity/water/gas (typically about 300 per month)  Internet (1800 -2000 per year - Some apartments have bad internet/some are very good) Banking  We talk about banking in the second part of the show. This is a process that is not overly liked by expat staff in general as it takes time. You need documents from HR and Finance each time you go to do this; I generally go to the bank once a year at most for this reason and am creative with this process. However, if you have bills at home to pay each month then we suggested that you leave cash in your account at home to cover these for the first couple of months.  Get WeChat Wallet set up as soon as you get your bank account set up is our top tip!  Voice Messages/Questions/Feedback  Finally, we deal with a number of animal questions from incoming staff. Thank you David Platt and Angela Morris for sending in voice messages on Anchor and you are the worth recipients of a 100RMB Voucher each from Le 5 Chefs Shekou. Laura Michelle Loran added a comment on Podomatic and also receives a voucher! Well done to the three of you! Thank You Claudio for the vouchers! David and Angela, we will try and find you information and send on WeChat.  On next week’s show Phenix at Xpats Bar Seaworld will provide 3 Vouchers for another three members of staff. Thank You Phenix.  We’ll then be knocking on Craig Wildman’s Door at McCawleys Seaworld to see if we can get some vouchers….  We hope you enjoy the show!  SWIS ROC RADIO  Listen, Like, Learn  #swisShenzhen #swisROCradio #swisroc #swisrocs
May 24, 2019
The Harkness Method of Teaching by SWIS' Matt Manfredi
This morning at SWIS, Matt Manfredi from Long Island in New York was the guest on SWIS ROC Radio.   We hear a little bit of information about his family; his mother and father, Lois and Dante and his wonderful daughter, Kayley in Hanoi (who eats snails....).    Matt has been an educator for 18 years and it does not show in his youthful appearance!   On the 11&12th May at Level 5, Shekou, Matt will lead a workshop designed to explore the use of student-centered, discussion-based education described as the Harkness method. It’s a collaborative approach to problem solving and learning. This method was created and is used daily at Phillips Exeter Academy located in Exeter, New Hampshire. Phillips Exeter has been consistently ranked as one of the top ten best prep schools in America.     It was enlightening listening to Matt explain the Harkness method in greater detail and it was very obvious that he is very passionate about it and is eager to share more details with the participants at the workshop.    Matt finally admits (we all knew) that his hero is Tina Turner. It was a fitting way to end the show.   We hope you enjoy the show and if you would like to find out more information about the Harkness method or if you'd like to meet Matt in person (?) then pop along to the INS department at SWIS Shenzhen.  SWIS ROC RADIO Listen, Like, Learn
May 23, 2019
No Passion Left Behind when JoshUA (SWIS) met Carlos&Nathan (SIS) to talk Sport!
#SWISROCRADIO finally went on their long awaited and highly anticipated tour of the far flung fields of Shekou. The venue for their road trip was the salubrious environs of Le 5 Chefs where they were warmly greeted by Claudio! On this first sports podcast of their local tour, Leonard (ICT Integration) and Youngman (Athletics Director of SWIS) were joined by two local celebrities (in their own minds) from Shekou International School Carlos Galvez and Nathan Lil. The podcast mainly focuses on the mens' passion for sports, the reasons behind this and their backgrounds in many different sports. We hear a lot of information about their achievements through the years as well as their thoughts on many different topics.  The aim of this podcast was to get staff members of SIS & SWIS together to enjoy a fun podcast together with the hope of developing closer links between the two groups for future projects such as the upcoming Inspire Citizens Conference at SIS in September (this is mentioned by Nathan from 40:00-47:00 on the show). For more information about this project follow Steve Sostak & Aaron Moniz on Twitter. Guest Biographies Carlos Galvez completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Guatemala where he grew up competing in tennis and equestrian events.  He played Division 1 tennis for a long time and competed in international junior equestrian events.  Sports have always been very important to him which is why he decided to become an educator and instil health and fitness knowledge in young learners.  He's taught in Guatemala City, Milan and currently Shekou international School (SIS) Shenzhen. He’s married to Ceci-Galvez Gomez and they have two wonderful children together.  Nathan Lil is a long suffering Arsenal fan (like myself) from USA.  He is the Middle School Assistant Principal at Shekou International School (SIS). Nathan worked for over 15 years in America before joining SIS.  JoshUA Youngman, an Iowa farm boy, is the current Athletic Director at Shen Wai International School. He spent the previous five years in Jakarta, splitting his time between two schools as a teacher and Athletic Director. Originally from Iowa (USA), Josh grew up playing football (soccer) and basketball. He played football collegiately, while beginning his coaching career at the local high school. He has now been coaching for 13 years, both football and basketball. Josh attained his CAA (Certified Athletic Administrator) endorsement in December 2018, after completing his M.S. in Athletic administration in May 2017.JoshUA has implemented many new initiatives in his role. His weekly sports reports on the official school sports subscription on WeChat have been excellent (Search RocAthletics on WeChat) and his weekly sports podcasts have been well received by the community.  We hope you enjoy the show and I look forward to recording more podcasts in the future with Nathan and his team.  Sadly, Carlos and Josh are moving to new jobs in August; we wish them and their families the very best in their new posts in Vietnam and India respectively. SWIS ROC RADIO (on tour) #swisroc
May 22, 2019
Moving to China - Orientation Podcast #1
'So you've decided to move to China....what now??'    This is the first in a series of podcasts aimed at helping new members of staff and the extended community before/during and after their move to Shenzhen.    We will try to answer some of the key questions new members of the community will have about;   Housing - Campus/Off Campus   Medical - What to bring  Social Life - Bars/Restaurants/Sports  Shipping  Shopping   Transport   Banking    We will hear from singles, couples, couples with children, staff who live on campus, staff who live off campus so that you can get a wide and varied selection of information.    As with all our podcasts on #swisrocradio, they're pretty rough and off the cuff!    On this episode we hear from Brian and Lena who moved to SWIS from Mozambique with 18 cases of luggage.....and two young children. I don't envy them!   If you have specific questions that you would like answered please add them to the Google Doc (with some information about yourself!) that will be emailed to new staff this week (or leave a voice message on this site or on the app)  We hope that we can help you in any way with your move to SWIS/Shenzhen/China and make the transition a little bit smoother with helpful information while attempting to make you laugh.  ***Unfortunately Podcasts don't come with subtitles so if you can't understand an Irish accent maybe #swisrocradio is not the show for you!!***   SWIS ROC Radio  Listen, Like, Learn *** https://eugene-leonard.podomatic.com ***Moving to China - Orientation Podcast #1 ***(currently transitioning #swisrocradio from Podomatic to Anchor)
May 19, 2019
SWIS Webwise Parent Ambassador Group Presentation - English
The SWIS Webwise Parent Ambassador Group had their first Parent Presentation last Friday 19.04.2019 in the Theatre at SWIS.  This was their very first presentation and they did an amazing job. We had just over 60 SWIS parents in attendance which is a good start.  Joyce Ma, Qin Qin, Fei Fei and Santa Patel (not Claus) were the presenters.  It is a workshop 'For Parents by Parents'. In the podcast you will hear all about the roles and responsibilites of this group, why we meet, what we do and how you can join along to our monthly meetings.  You will hear some tips and advice from the parents on today's podcast as well as some personal experiences from Santy and Joyce.  All the Digital Citizenship resources are available to all parents on the Padlet. It is our intention to set up a Digital Citizenship WeChat Subscription in the coming months for easier and faster access to resources.  In the podcast Joyce also talks about an amazing SWIS in Minecraft project that her son Allen and his friend Thomas created which took over 7 months. This was an excellent use of Screen Time which is something we talked about at Friday's Presentation and today's podcast.  Here is a link to this outstanding project which all parents and students should watch; it most certainly dispels the myth that Minecraft is just a game!  We need to focus on the quality of the Screen Time not the quantity and also on the 4'c of Innovation and Learning; •Creativity and innovation •Critical thinking •Communication •Collaboration You can also find out more about technology at SWIS including STEM activities such as Coding&Robotics at https://innovation.swis.cn Finally - today is Earth Day 2019; we had some volunteers at SWIS who gave up their time to help in the community yesterday.  Well done Annie and Joanne. We also had members of the extended community from Zhuhai who also did some voluntary work for Earth day yesterday in Shenzhen with some of our SWIS Staff. Well done Conor Blevins (The Irish Clover).   This podcast will be recorded in Chinese with Ms.Rene Ren, Qin Qin, and Fei Few this afternoon and available on the School Website as well as Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Spotify and many other platforms.  Come and Join the SWIS Webwise Parent Ambassador Group; for more information contact your class parent representative.  Ms.Rene and I would personally like to personally thank all the parents who attended the monthly sessions of the SWIS Webwise Parent Ambassador Group since October and especially the parents who took on the responsibility of presenting on Friday.   Congratulations; you all did a great job.  SWIS ROC RADIO  Listen, Like, Learn 
April 22, 2019
The return of SWIS Athletes to SWIS ROC RADIO
We recorded an excellent Podcast today with a number of MS and HS students talking about the sports program at SWIS.   To hear what the students are talking about you will get a better idea from the questions Mr. JoshUA Youngman, our highly respected, Athletics Director provided for the host.  How has the MS Girls Volleyball team progressed throughout the year?  What will the team (MS Girls VB) need to go to get into the top four teams in SISAC?  How do you think the team will fare in the final PRC tournament (for MS G VB)?  HS badminton participated in a friendly PRC competition — how did it go?  With the final PRC Badminton competition upcoming — How will SWIS compare based on previous competition?  What changes do you see from last year to this year (for HS Badminton)? We hope you enjoy the show.  SWIS ROC Radio; Sports Division Happy International Women's Day to everyone! 
March 8, 2019
STEM in Action - SWIS GENIUS ROCS Robotics Team
We hear from The GENIUS ROCS Robotics Team who tell us all about their recent trip to Shanghai to compete in the National Finals of the ACAMIS Robotics Competition where they performed excellently.  For more information about our Robotics Team follow our blog https://blog.seesaw.me/roboticsteamswis For more information about STEM at SWIS including ICT, Robotics, Makerspace, Digital Citizenship and much more you can visit our website https://innovation.swis.cn As with all student podcasts, they are planned, recorded and published with limited editing for an Authentic Student Led Podcast. Apologies for the sound interference - one of the student's phones was ringing during the show as her driver was waiting! We hope you enjoy the show. SWIS ROC Radio Listen, Like, Learn
March 8, 2019
University and Career advice from the SWIS Counselors
Dr. Greg Mason and J Wang are the first guests of 2019 on SWIS ROC Radio. They explain their respective roles at SWIS as well as providing some background information about themselves. We hear how a a College Counselor (Greg Mason) differs from a School Counselor (Ron Moore). Senior Students at SWIS are currently busy with the college applications process. Greg provides us with some excellent admission statistics such as the top five places where students applied: University of Washington University of Toronto New York University Boston University Chinese University of Hong Kong We conclude the podcast with a discussion on the merits of going to college/university. Tune in on Friday to hear Jaikala Prasad on SWIS ROC RADIO to promote the upcoming TEDx Event in March. We hope you enjoy the show.  SWIS ROC RADIO Listen, Like, Learn
January 14, 2019
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