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This week in the classroom - Grade 1E – From A to B

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Grade 1E – From A to B
During the Spring Festival Break, students in Grade 1E were asked to keep an account of the different modes of transport taken on their holiday. On their return, they submitted reports that documented journeys to such places as Sanya, Macau, Thailand, the UK and the USA. Our students travelled on various methods of transportation; from boats to trains and buses to aeroplanes. Bundles of boarding passes, train tickets and foreign currency also made their way to our classroom!
This has served to stimulate their interest in our new Thematic topic, ‘From A to B’. Throughout this unit of work, we will encounter an array of interesting learning opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to examine how children from other parts of the world travel to school, create a boat collage in Art, become more familiar with road safety and even program Bee-Bots to follow precise instructions.
At present, groups have begun to build ‘vehicles’ using their own designs from a selection of recyclable materials collected by the students themselves. It is making children aware of the many functions of these materials, while also serving to encourage Grade 1E to work collaboratively. This coincides with the introduction of our ‘House’ system where there will be a strong emphasis on teamwork. 
The students in Grade1E are looking forward to embarking on this learning journey!

Grade 6 to 10 - Learning News
A warm welcome to the students and staff who have joined our Secondary family!
Ms Liling Wang joined us at the end of last semester as a Learning Assistant. She has already worked with students on their House activities, and will continue to provide support to students in all subjects throughout the semester.
Mr James Brazier has joined the Grade 6 English team and will be delivering English lessons across Grade 6 as well as support the secondary team in developing consistent approaches to English Language Learning and Assessment practises.
Our Grade 10 students have been working on a special project to design and build a Learning Hub for NACIS primary students. They have finished their designs, held meetings with school staff, and even had a very interactive meeting with their Grade 1 student “clients”! So far, this has been a great opportunity for our students to apply their learning in a very practical real-world situation. We look forward to seeing how the project develops.

House News - Serenity take the lead...
Last week at our first House assembly of 2017, we welcomed new students and staff to House families. Students also discovered the results of the last semester’s House Talent Challenge and Chinese New Year activities and the current leading House was revealed to be . . . Serenity!

1st Place – Serenity

2nd Place – Integrity

3rd Place – Fortitude

4th Place – Honesty

This semester our House time will continue to focus on Service, International-Mindedness and Personal, Social and Health and Education (PSHE) - and of course Competitions. We look forward to another semester of energy, enthusiasm and House spirit!
 
Global Campus In School
Our NACIS Secondary choir is currently participating in the Nord Anglia Global Campus Virtual Choir project. This project involves all NAE schools globally. Each school has received unique musical parts composed by Jack Blume, that when recorded and combined, will create an incredible choral work.  This project is hugely ambitious for our learners!
As part of our House-Service activities, students will be participating in the Global Challenge for 2017. This year, UNICEF has asked students to tackle Global Goal 2 “Zero Hunger” and Global Goal 3 “Good Health & Well-being”. Over the next two months, students will be working in their House groups to create action plans that are practical and applied to our local community.
Our Grade 9 and Grade 10 students have been invited to apply for the  amazing opportunity of being a Nord Anglia Education Ambassador at a special Global Campus Worldwide event in New York City in July 2017. UNICEF have invited up to 80 Nord Anglia Education students to participate in the UN’s High Level Political Forum on sustainable development in New York in July 2017. Two NACIS students will become ‘NAE Ambassadors’, and will influence politicians, demonstrating the action our schools are taking to tackle the United Nation’s Global Goals for sustainable development, which is the focus of our 2017 Global Challenge. NACIS students who wish to apply need to submit their application as soon as possible to Ms. Rebecca Curtin.

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