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Year 9 News - 14th October 2016

Find out what's been happening in Year 9

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A word from the Year Leader

It seems some time since our fantastic International Day at NAIS pudong. I hope that you all had a fantastic break and I am happy to see the students return to school full of energy and excitement for the busy term ahead.  Reflecting on the last half term, what a fantastic way to wrap up by celebrating the diversity and internationalism of our student and our school community. The international day was a buzz of excitement as we saw every student embrace the day by dressing in traditional dress or colours of their home country. Students performed traditional music and dance and all walked with pride in the annual Parade of Nations. It is undoubtedly one of the best days of the school calendar. Two of our Year 9 students, Hannah Tan and Natasha Niggli have written their views on the day. Thank you to all the parent and community group supporters for all your efforts in making it a fabulous day for all involved. Yummy food and great fun for all.

International Day Student Reporters

International Day by Hannah Tan

International Day is one of the days that students look forward to the most, me included. I cannot say for certain that it is the most anticipated day because Project Week, some may argue, is the best week in the school year. I can say for certain though that International Day for me is the best day in the school year. The multicultural food alone is enough for me to be convinced. However, food is not always the only thing that further reinforces the undoubtedly exciting day (to me at least), multiple performances by many different people are one of the key highlights of International Day. The Parade of Nations was moved inside due to the wet weather outside; dampening the excitement of the parade just a little because we couldn’t see our friends parading. Nevertheless, the show (or parade in this context) must go on! Our parents were very supportive however which helped the atmosphere that I’m sure all of my fellow students felt at the parade. Many of my teachers on International Day let us do work linking to the diversity in our school. I definitely enjoyed this and encourage more of it next year. Every International Day I have ever been in since I came in year 5 has been more memorable and appreciated than the last, NAIS hasn’t ceased to amaze me yet and I hope never will.

International Day by Natasha Niggli

For International Day, the whole school dressed up in traditional clothes and colours which represented their country, parents came to see us walk in the Parade of Nations and cooked or baked delicious food from their country that the students enjoyed during the day. There were also performances where some people danced or sang to music in their language that we could watch. International Day in our school is very special as it shows us the diversity and internationalism of students, parents and teachers in NAIS Pudong.

Project Week

It’s fast approaching! We are in the final planning stage. The end of this week will see all details sent out regarding flights, pick up and drop off times and the all-important packing list. I am just making final amendments to the itinerary and will share this with students once everything had been confirmed. As a year group we are also in the process of arranging rooms and groups for the students. So far this has gone without any problems but please do not hesitate to contact me if foresee any issues. I will share the rooming and group lists with the students on Monday during Guidance.

I am just awaiting an up to date gender/age/size list of children from The Bright Connection. Once I have received this I will share with students and we can make arrangements to make a clothes/shoes and toys collection. More on this to follow.

The week certainly promised to be an exciting action packed one which everyone is looking forward to.

Settling in reports and ARE

All students should have received their settling in reports. Pease use these to prepare for next week’s Academic Review evening. This is a perfect opportunity to discuss how your child has settled into Year 9. I am looking forward to seeing many of you there on the evenings.

Global Classroom

CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION

Students who want to take part in the Creative Writing competition must join via the online space on Global Campus Online. When they join they receive a certificate that celebrates their participation in the competition. 

GLOBAL LIBRARY

Students who want to take part in the Global Library must join via the online space on Global Campus Online.  When they join they receive a certificate that celebrates their participation in the Global Library. They are also able to earn badges, please see the online space for more details.  

A View of the Classroom

History by Mr Guiney, 9C Tutor

Year 9 Historians have been studying the causes of the First World War and have moved on to explore what life was like for soldiers between 1914-18. Both Mr. Siccardi and Mr. Guiney have been especially impressed by how widely they have drawn from a range of sources and by how well they have offered multiple layers of analysis in written work. One highlight so far has been the annual Year 9 trench model competition which saw a range of incredible efforts including trenches made out of cardboard, cake, and even Minecraft. Congratulations to everyone who took part especially to Shreyas, Daniel and Kyle for scooping first place with their incredible light and sound show!

Student Reporters

Science by Andrea Fabbricatore

During our science lessons we have been studying Forces, Moments and Acid Rain. For example we have learned how we can balance a see saw by changing the weight and the distance of the object from the pivot . We have also learned how objects can move in the environment because of unbalanced forces. A big topic this trimester was acid rain, we understood the problems factories and human actions are causing to the environment and how acid rain forms as an effect of this and how it damages the wildlife and nature around us.​

Important dates

17th&  19th October – ARE

31st Oct – 4th Nov – Project Week

9th – 13th November  - U15 Sports Fobisia in Manilla

11th & 14th November – School closed to students for staff training.

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