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Year 10 News - 2nd September 2016

Find out what's been happening in Year 10

  • Still an opportunity to sign up for the Iceland trip

Welcome back Year 10 to your IGCSEs, and a warm welcome to our new students.

Welcome to a new year at NAIS Pudong. Year 10 is a vital year in your child’s education and this newsletter will keep you up to date with all the developments, achievements and events relevant to their educational success. In Year 10 the students will face many exciting new challenges such as the start of their IGCSE’s and the International Award. However from my past experiences with this year group I know that they will endeavor to meet the challenges head on and ultimately succeed!

I would like to formally welcome our five new students in Year 10 to their life at NAIS Pudong. Arsene, Pablo, Yoona and the two Julias have settled in extremely well. It is not easy starting a new academic year, let alone one in new surroundings which can often begin with the difficulties of jet lag! The process of settling in was made much smoother through the actions of all the pupils in the Year and of course their new Form Tutors Mr Crozier and Mrs Procter. In particular I would also like to thank their ‘buddies’ for their extra efforts in making them feel comfortable at NAIS. The whole process demonstrated how friendly and international NAIS Pudong is as the pupils mixed together irrelevant of nationality.

On the note of welcoming I would also formally like to welcome back the returning students of Year 10. I had the pleasure of teaching 9A and 9B last year and due to the popularity of History I am lucky enough to teach a good proportion of the Year group this year too. Those that I have yet to teach have impressed me so far and I look forward to getting to know them further as the year progresses.

Regarding the start of the year the first two weeks have flown by. The pupils have quickly demonstrated how seriously they are taking their option choices and have displayed a mature approach to their studies thus far. In particular this has seen the bar raised with the uniform and punctuality of the students and I hope that this will be maintained during the course of the year. They have also received many new textbooks to help them with their courses. Can I remind you to return any old textbooks from last year as these can be useful for other students.

One other great aspect of the past two weeks was the House event that was held last Thursday afternoon. It was great for me to be able to see the students collaborating together out of the classroom whilst still building on skills which are vital to succeed in all areas of life. As well as being useful the pupils found the competition great fun and many flourished in the team events contributing a greater amount of points for their teams. Congratulations to Dao house for being overall winners and De house which did so well in all the Year 10 events on the day and have set the challenge for the other houses in the future events that will take place.

Out of the classroom, school life has already been busy with Fobisia football trials and swimming trials being held last weekend. Many of the Year 10 pupils were up early to arrive at school to stake their claim in their respective teams. Special mention must go to one of our new students – Julia Jobst who impressed everyone with her footballing abilities. The start of CCA’s next week will once again bring greater opportunities for all of the pupils to develop their talents.

From an academic point I know that there may be many questions regarding new subjects; IGCSE’s; project week; subject trips and the International Award that the students will complete. The Meet and Greet evening on the 13th September will give me the perfect opportunity to address all of these and it is hoped that that any questions that you have will be addressed.

 

Important Notices

Year 10 students (with the exception of new students as they have already done these) will be undergoing their Cognitive Abilities Test (CATs) this coming week which focuses on:

•          Verbal Reasoning – thinking with words

•          Numerical Reasoning – thinking with numbers

•          Non-Verbal Reasoning – thinking with shapes

•          and lastly Spacial ability testing – thinking with shapes and spaces.

These tests are standard tests that the pupils will already have taken upon entry to the school and/or when they were in Year 7. Due to the nature of the tests which judge thinking skills of the students there is no need to revise and should not be a concern for the pupils. The data driven from the results will be used to aid targets for subjects. Please find the timetable below for these sessions.

 

Group

Room

Lessons missed

Invigilation

Support

Monday p 3 and 4

10A

C101

Option B & Option C

P3: DGU        P4: DTH

CCA  and IT Support

10B

D101

Option B & Option C

P3: CCU        P4: DHO

 

Student Reporters

This week in History we learned about Germany during the years 1919-1923 and Germany's golden age. We are currently making a presentation on Germany during 1919- 1923. This includes the Treaty of Versailles, the left and right political groups, hyperinflation... I picked History because it is fun and there are lots of interesting historical events. At the same time I hope to achieve a A* on my IGCSE test. 

Jia Mei Xin

 

As we have just started with IGCSE, Economics is a new subject to all of us who chose it. I personally am excited to learn about it. This is mostly because I want to do something with finance in the future.
This week in class we started learning about the basic economic problem. The basic economic problem is how to allocate limited resources to satisfy unlimited needs and wants.

Till Scholten

 

Although we have been doing P.E. for a long time, for those of us that selected GCSE P.E. it is like a new subject this year. The difference between this year and last year is that we have started to learn the theoretical part of P.E. So far this year we have been looking at the three main aspects of physical activity - the physical, mental and social aspects. Moreover we have learnt new vocabulary and have been tested on the words. I am really looking forward to increasing my understanding of the subject.

Tommaso Carnelli

 

This week in English we have been discussing the first two chapters of Spies and improving our descriptive writing by writing one passage then discussing how we can improve and repeating it to make our paragraphs bigger and better.  Our English lessons are similar to last year. However we are studying the book in more details had spending more time doing more depth into the characters and their traits.

Katy Sapsford

 

The house event last Thursday was a very fun team competition with many challenges that we had to complete within our houses. All of the activities we did could only be completed by team work, so we needed to work together to complete the task we were given. One of my favourites was when we had to take turns to slide on the mats and get as far so possible. Another one I found fun was when we had to create a square while we were blindfolded.​ Overall the house event was a very fun, competitive event and I look forward to the next one.

Riccardo Perrone

 

Meet the Form Tutors

It is my great pleasure to welcome you back to NAIS Pudong in form 10A! We are joined by three new students this year; Yoona, Arsene and Julia. Their buddies Ji Woo, Victoria, Abigail, and Aaron are already going out of their way to help them with every aspect of their school life, as are the rest of our fantastic form. I am looking forward to working with these amazing young people during the course of the year. Please feel free to contact me throughout the year with any concerns.

Mrs Procter 10A

 

Welcome back to NAIS Pudong for 2016/17 academic year. I’m very excited to be the tutor for 10B this year and look forward to supporting you all on your GCSE journey. I would like to welcome our new students; Julia and Pablo and wish them an engaging and settled first term here. I have been very impressed with how well the group has engaged with work and homework in the first weeks and I am looking forward to seeing this strong effort continue over the course of year 10. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Mr Crozier 10B

 

Iceland trip

Just a reminder that there are still places available on our fantastic Iceland trip which will take place over the Chinese New Year holidays (25th January 2017-2nd February 2017). This may be of interest to any students who missed the initial sign up in the Summer term. This trip is open to all students in the Secondary School.  If you would like to sign your son or daughter up to this trip or would like further information, then please contact Miss Cuskin (c-cuskin@naispudong.com).

 

Upcoming dates for your diary:

Sunday 11th September – Family Picnic 12-4pm

Tuesday 13th September – Secondary Meet and Greet Evening – 5-8pm

26th – 30th September – International Week

Tuesday 11th October – Y13 Academic Review Evening 5-8pm

Thursday 13th  October – Academic Review Evening – 5-8pm

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