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Year 8 News - 2nd September 2016

Find out what's been happening in Year 8

  • Year 8 Teamwork Thursday
  • Still an opportunity to sign up for the Iceland trip

Dear Parents

As the new Year Leader for Year 8 I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child into the new academic year. Having taught nearly all of Year 7 at some point over the past three years here at NAIS, I feel privileged to be able to continue working closely with your child in my new role. I have come to know this year group as a hardworking, talented and committed group of students whom, whether in an academic or sporting capacity, are always dedicated to be the best they can be.

Having had experience in such a role in this and in my previous schools, I recognise the importance of a Year Leader in supporting and caring for your child throughout the school year. For you as parents, I see myself at your point of contact and should you have any issues or concerns regarding your child, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Exciting times lie ahead for Year 8, all of which will be communicated to you as the term develops. As Year Leader, my first priority will be to ensure that your child is able to settle into school and their studies effectively. I am here to support and guide them on their journey through Year 8 and I feel proud to be a close part of their lives here at school.

There are some important pieces of information that I would like to share with you and I kindly ask you and your child read through before Monday.

 

Meet and greet Evening

On Tuesday 13th September, from 5pm until 8pm, there will be a Meet and Greet evening for all parents in secondary school.  The evening will be an opportunity to inform you about Year 8 specifically and the year to come, as well as an outline of the Year 8 Project Week trip to Xiamen. Insight, who will be running the trip, will be presenting during the evening. Wine, drinks and food will be available and there will be plenty of chances to ask myself as Year Leader and other teachers, any questions you may have. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Teamwork Thursday

The House system really took off with a bang yesterday as students participated in Teamwork Thursday! The idea of the afternoon was to initiate a sense of collaboration within the houses and really emphasise the message of teamwork throughout. Students took part in six teambuilding activities in their year groups and competed for points in their houses. The six events were; Cross the River, Square Dance, Rolla-Ball, Mat Manoeuvre, Hula-Hoop Challenge and Stop the Clock. The activities tested the student’s in various ways and ensured that teams were not be able to rely on one person – the strength of the team would be key to success. The games aimed to develop mental and physical strength, logical thinking, communication, organisation and leadership skills and it was a testament to the students here at NIAS as to how well they did and their attitude towards getting involved.

The house system is a great way to develop many different skills and the collaboration between students and overall benefits of healthy competition cannot be overstated. Dao were the overall winners of the afternoon and took home the most points. However, it was close and the year is set to be an exciting and competitive one. The students are motivated and excited, and every day house points are being awarded in and outside the classroom – demonstrating the fantastic work and performances that our students here at NAIS are capable of!

Homework

Students in Year 8 should be given approximately 30 minutes of work per subject, per homework set. This is the expectation and will be at the discretion of the subject teacher. We ask that you support your child, by regularly checking and signing their student planner. Year 8 home work Timetable is below:

8A homework timetable

 

Week A

Week B

Monday

Maths

Geography

Maths

ICT

Tuesday

English

Drama

Science

Geography

Wednesday

Mandarin

Art

Mandarin

History

Thursday

Science

Modern Languages

English

Design Technology

Friday

History

Music

 

8B homework timetable

 

Week A

Week B

Monday

Maths

Drama

Maths

DT

Tuesday

English

Music

Science

ICT

Wednesday

Mandarin

History

Mandarin

Art

Thursday

Science

Modern Languages

English

Geography

Friday

Geography

History

 

Tutor groups and new rooms

Yr 8

A

Sabrina Malcolm-Severn

C111

Yr 8

B

Alan Pritchard

C110

 

PE

Students in Year 8 will be taking part in Athletics during their PE lessons. They will therefore be required to bring their polo shirts, shorts, socks trainers and water bottle for their PE lessons on Mondays and Thursdays. Information about your child’s change of PE activity will be communicated to you in due course.

Equipment

It is important that our students are ready to learn and make the most of every lesson. With this in mind, we will be asking each student to have the following essential equipment for each lesson:

  • X2 Black or blue writing pens
  • X1 Pencil
  • X1 Rubber
  • X1 Sharpener
  • X1 Ruler
  • X1 Calculator
  • X2 Coloured board markers (non-permanent)
  • X1 Set of colouring pencils
  • A selection of coloured highlighters

 

CISSA trials

A big well done to all the students in year 8 who turned up to try out for the CISSA teams last Saturday. It was hot day, however the heat did not stop the students from performing their best and I would like to commend all of them for their attitude and efforts on the day. I am delighted to say that all students were successful in achieving a place on a CISSA team. All the students will be told about which team they will be playing in within the next few days. Please see the photo of the Year 8 students that performed on Saturday.

 

Book amnesty

A polite request to all students who still have school text books from last year; to bring them back to the relevant department as soon as they can. It seems a few students may still have books from last year. We ask parents just to check at home and see if any old books are lying around. Many thanks.

 

Lesson Updates and student reporters

Jack Lee 8A for PE

We practiced throwing javelins and shot puts for a competition for house points on Thursday. For javelins you have to throw with your arms straight and for shot put, you are meant to push the ball not throw. You do this by standing sideways and putting your weight on one leg and transfer the weight as you push.

Jack Lee 8A for Geography
We learnt about how waves erode the coast. The waves erode the coast in 4 ways: abrasion, attrition, solution and hydraulic action. Abrasion is when the water acts like sandpaper and smooth rocks into pebbles. Attrition is when rocks are forced to be pushed at each other by the waves. Solution is when the water dissolves the water. Hydraulic action is when water is forced into cracks in rocks to break it.

Jack Lee 8A for Science
We wrote a conclusion for our practical by using P.E.E paragraphs, then we looked at deficiency-related diseases. We learnt less Vitamin B causes eczema and to eat more green leafy vegetables to prevent it. Less iron causes anaemia and to eat red meat and egg yolks to prevent anaemia.

 

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

Monday 17th October – Academic Review Evening 5-8pm

Wednesday 19th October – Academic Review Evening – 5-8pm

 

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