Starting the term with a bang!
It seems incredible that we have only been back at school for a total of 5 weeks! It has been a jam-packed start to the year, and Year 11 have hit the ground running, as you can see from the pictures of them completing exciting activities in their lessons. They have started the year extremely positively and I am proud of the efforts they are all making towards their IGCSE exams this year. Some highlights of the last fortnight include:
Space Academy Lecture
On Tuesday 20th September, we were lucky enough to welcome Mr Anu Ojha OBE, the Director of the UK Space Academy, to NAIS Pudong. All students in Years 10-13 attended his lecture on the topic of The Apollo Moon Landings and Conspiracy Theories. This was a fascinating and thought-provoking lecture, not only about the science behind the moon landings, but about the importance of critical thinking in the Internet age. It was followed by a lively Q & A session and I know all the students enjoyed the lecture and learnt a great deal.
Year 11s have begun work on Songs of Ourselves, the poetry anthology for their Literature IGCSE. They have studied poems by Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Philip Larkin, Emily Dickinson and Grace Nichols. Miss Hughes’ class wrote and analysed their own war poetry, with some really thoughtful work produced; special mention goes to Amanda Phiri and Javi Rojas, who both wrote excellent poems.
The students are beginning an exciting phase of work, as they have moved into the workshop to begin modelling prototypes of their final products. They will undergo the testing process in order to produce improved versions of the products for their final pieces.
Year 11 have been completing a unit on plant reproduction and the life cycle of plants. In order to help them understand this fully, they have been dissecting flowers and identifying the different parts of the flower.
The students have completed a CSI-style investigation into the death in 1934 of Sergei Kirov. Some historians place the blame for Kirov’s death at the hands of the dictator Josef Stalin; year 11 investigated the evidence for this and came up with their own conclusions.
Upcoming Event: International Week, Parade and Food Fair
The Parade: We would love to welcome you to next week’s International Day Parade on Thursday 29th September, during which we celebrate the themes of internationalism and multi-culturalism. Students in Year 11 are from a total of 24 countries and will be parading under the flags of: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK and the USA!
The Food Fair: A schedule for the Food Fair will be shared with students ahead of the event on Thursday 29th September. Please be aware that a reduced selection of food will be served during lunch time and that food bought during break and lunch will be payable by cash only (no lunch cards).
Dates for your Diary
- 26-30th September – International Week
- 29th September – Parade of Nations and Food Fair
- 30th September – Settling In Reports released
- 3rd-7th October – School Holiday
- 11th October- Year 11 ARE
- 31st Oct – 4th Nov – Project Week
Thank you for reading and for your continuing support of year 11.
With best wishes,
Anna Whiteson, Year 11 Leader