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Year 8 News

15 January 2016

As Year Leader of Year 8, I would like to take this opportunity to say a big welcome back and a happy New Year to all parents and students. 2016 is set to be a fantastic year, full of community and house events for all to support and take part in. If all students put as much effort and enthusiasm into their work as they did in the last term, then this one is set to be even better!

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As is the nature of international schooling, times are constantly changing and families do move and relocate to other countries and cities. Moving home and starting fresh is never easy and it can be a daunting experience, especially staring a new school. Here at NAIS, we do anything and everything we can to make a student’s first day/week, and indeed year, as positive and as enjoyable an experience as possible. We welcome students of all nationalities into the NAIS community and we want them to know that we are here to support their needs, whatever they may be.

I would also like to take this opportunity to say a BIG WELCOME to Johannes Krehle, who joins us from Calgary, Canada. Johannes is originally from Germany, but relocated to Calgary for the previous two years, before joining us here in Shanghai.  Johannes’s mother is from Shanghai and his Father is from Germany, so Johannes already speaks three languages pretty well! Pictured is Johannes alongside Jake Lonsdale in 8B. Jake will be his ‘buddy’ over the next week or so, until Johannes finds his feet at school. Both share a passion for football and sport and I would like to say thank you to Jake for taking on the role so well and doing a sterling job in showing Johannes ‘the ropes’. Another example of just how amazing and mature students can be when given the opportunity to lead and support others. Hope you have a great time Johannes at NAIS Pudong and we welcome you and your family with open arms.

Global Campus Shakespeare Competition

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, in 2016 Nord Anglia is challenging its students from around the world to read, memorise, practise and recite a famous speech from one of Shakespeare’s plays.

You will then create a short single take video of your performance, which will be uploaded to the Global Campus to be shared with other students around the world and entered into a competition across the family of schools, which will be judged by Shakespearean experts. There are two different categories for the competition, and we cannot wait to see some of your performances!

Upcoming dates and events

Monday 11 Jan – CCAs start term 2

Week commencing 11 January -  First round of the Global Debate League

11 January – William Shakespeare Global Theatre Challenge Launch

18 January – Launch of the Global Challenge

28 – 31 Jan – FOBISIA Swim Meet @ BIS Phuket

31 Jan – Chinese Temple Fair, 11am – 3pm

25 January - Be Ambitious Challenge 1 winners announced

 25January – Launch of the World Languages challenge 2

5 Feb – Dress up day for Chinese New Year, and half term break starts

15 Feb – return from half term break

24 Feb – 4 March – Assessment Cycle 2, all subjects

Chinese New Year Temple Fair

On Sunday 31st January NAIS Pudong will be holding its very first Temple Fair to celebrate Chinese New Year. The fair will involve a range of performances from both students and staff as well as external performers; a variety of Chinese food will be available to purchase throughout the day and there will also be a selection of crafts and activities to participate in from both external providers as well as some hosted by members of staff. A highlight of the day will be the traditional Lion Dance to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Monkey. The event is open to all staff, students, parents and the wider community and will take place from 11am to 3pm. So come along!!!

Impressive Sisi!

Producing any piece of artwork can be a challenging and daunting prospect, but an ambitious group of Year 8 student’s entered the Shanghai City Weekend competition and began the journey of producing a piece of art based around the theme of ‘My City.’ Shanghai City Weekend is a prestigious annual competition that is entered by all international schools in Shanghai and regularly receives over 500 entries each year, so I was excited to see these Year 8 students continuing the tradition. It is with great pleasure that I can announce today that Sisi Yang has been shortlisted to the final 50 and her work has been exhibited at the Hub shopping mall. Please join me in congratulating her on her current success and wishing her luck in the upcoming award ceremony.

Mr Craig Northedge

Year 8 Leader