Year 10 are now fully into the swing of their IGCSE exam studies, and have taken to their new subjects and courses with a mature and positive approach. Students are now around 4 weeks into their courses and it is pleasing to see how well they are coping with the transition. One challenge in the progression to GCSE is the increase in homework that the pupils will face. In this area the main difficulty that the students often find is not the homework itself but being able to organise themselves effectively to manage the tasks given to them. From my discussions with the pupils it is fair to say that they have quickly become more effective in their time management and they seem to be coping well with the increasing workload.
Even though the school year has begun we are continuing to see new faces that arrive at NAIS. In the last two weeks we welcomed Jade who has arrived from a local international school and will join Mrs Procter in 10A.
The last two weeks have been particularly busy for Year 10 as the International Award has begun. The year group listened intently to a presentation on the award where they learnt about the history of the award, its requirements and the process that they will be going through. It is hoped that the Award can provide added inspiration to the students and enable many of them to develop new skills, confidence and provide a lasting service to the local community. Our guidance sessions this year will initially be focused on helping the pupils as much as possible so that the Award is something with which they can enjoy and indeed achieve. To start with this will be a mixture of camp craft skills with Mr Crozier and adequate time for them to record online how they are progressing in their skill, service and physical recreation sections. This week in guidance they also gained a flavor of the ethos of the award as they worked on team building activities. The tasks which were focusing on collaboration and communication highlighted to me once more how many natural leaders we have within the year group. I am looking forward to some more of the quieter members of the group emerging out of their shells with more fun and challenging sessions planned through the year.
From an organizational point of view I will need all parental consent forms signed and returned. These are vital as it allows your child to be able to record online what they have achieved in their skills, service and physical recreation sections. It will also enable the pupils to continue the award if they have to move onto pastures new during the academic year.
The final section as part of the International Award is the Adventurous Journey. This will be a 2 day and 1 night hike through the Moganshan area in March 2017. The pupils are already extremely excited about this aspect of the Award as not only will they be using all the skills they will have learnt in guidance but it will mean that they will be eligible to gain the Bronze Award and the full recognition for their efforts. Unfortunately for those that have enquired it is not possible to gain the Bronze Award without completing this part of the process. All details regarding this aspect including payments have been sent to you and I look forward to the replies reaching me ahead of the deadline at the start of October.
The details of the Project Week have also been unveiled for parents and students during the last two weeks. Going to Guizhou should be a fantastic chance for the pupils to see an area very different to Shanghai. Once again it will also tie in with the International Award as we will be camping and hiking to practice the skills needed for the award. I have emailed out to you some requests with regards for information and once I have all of these I will be able to share further details of our itinerary.
National Space Academy
Year 10 were provided with an inspirational talk from Anu Ojha regarding the Moon landings and other conspiracies. It was a fabulous chance for pupils to gain an insight into the possibilities of space and for them to begin to develop their critical thinking skills in questioning knowledge.
International Week 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)
An International flavour in Year 10
I am Aoki and I am from Mexico. I love Mexico because it is so rich in culture. There is so much diversity in the wonders of Mexico, from pyramids to underground caves and breathtaking landscapes. Not to mention all the endless food that Mexico is very famous and popular for. One of the things I most look forward to when I go visit are the traditional arts and crafts produced by the local minorities. Growing up my parents ensured I still learnt Spanish so that I could communicate with people from my country. Overall I believe it is a beautiful place and that everyone should visit one day.
I am Niranjan and I am from India. India is a very diverse country with a lot of languages and different cultures around the country. I speak 3 of the Indian languages. There is a huge Indian community in Shanghai. I like my country because the food is good, the weather is nice and obviously it is my home country. India is famous for its authentic food and the different cultures.
My name is Amelia and I'm from Australia. I speak English because I'm from Australia but I enjoy living over here because I get to experience many different languages and cultures. There is a fairly small community of Australians in both NAIS and Shanghai. I am looking forward to enjoying many snacks that my country is known for like Caramello koalas and Pavlovas at the International Food Fair.
Hello my name is Vanessa & I am from Kenya. I am fluent in Swahili which is the traditional Kenyan language and speak it with my parents occasionally. At our school, there are not many Kenyans but there is enough Kenyan citizens for me to socialize with. The thing I adore about Kenya is the nice weather and the brilliant safaris, environment and beaches. These are the popular things that bring tourists to visit Kenya.
Upcoming dates are:
26-30th September – International Week
29th September – Parade of Nations and Food Fair
30th September – Settling In Reports released
3rd-7th October – School Holiday
13th October – ARE
31st Oct – 4th Nov – Project Week
Greg Siccardi, Year 10 Leader