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School is out, forever!
最後一場降旗典禮 南投車埕國小走入歷史

Teachers and students at Che Cheng Elementary School in Nantou County take part in their school’s last-ever flag-lowering ceremony on Monday last week.

Photo: Liu Pin-chuan, Liberty Times

Che Cheng Elementary School in Nantou County’s Shueili Township has a history of 60 years. After it sent off its last batch of graduates on Monday last week, the school itself is set to “graduate” and take its place in history. In response to the declining birthrate, the county government turned Che Cheng Elementary into a branch campus of Shueili Elementary School one year ago. It also decided that, from August this year, the students from the branch campus would be incorporated into Shueili Elementary School. After the school held its final flag-lowering ceremony, Che Cheng Elementary also officially marked its closure, making the teachers and alumni who took part in the ceremony rather sad.

Shueili Elementary School principal Chou Chin-ko made a point of joining the branch school’s graduation ceremony. Chou said that, with the trend of a declining birthrate and ever-fewer new students in Che Cheng Elementary’s district, the county government had no choice but to merge these small schools to make their learning environment more competitive and efficienct. To allow the students to smoothly adapt to their future learning environment, the school arranged some time ago for students to go to Shueili Elementary on Fridays to attend school club activities, in the hope that group interactions would help the children to quickly get used to their new surroundings.

Che Cheng branch campus kicked off the graduation ceremony with a display of old photos showing the classes of years gone by. Many alumni who had heard about their alma mater’s closure rushed to the school to attend the ceremony, where they talked to the younger generation of students about the school’s past. The school’s 15 remaining students presented the dance skills they have learned, and four graduating students sang a farewell song, seemingly expressing their sadness to their guests. Finally, after everyone gathered on the playground to attend Che Cheng’s last flag-lowering ceremony, they bid an official farewell to the school that has been a part of the community for 60 years.


1. officially adv.

正式 (zheng4 shi4)

例: As of last night, my computer is officially broken.


2. trend n.

趨勢 (qu1 shi4)

例: It is difficult to keep up with the latest fashion trends.


3. competitive adj.

競爭 (jing4 zheng1)

例: Olympic sports are the most competitive contests.


(Liberty Times, translated by Zane Kheir)





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