The year is starting to build up speed and it seems like there are different events every week for Year 10 to focus on. Here are some of the major things that Year 10 have been involved in over the past few academic weeks.
Once again the International Week gave Year 10s the chance to celebrate the diversity that we have in the year group and the school as a whole. As always the highlight of the week was the Parade of Nations with the food fair. It was particularly pleasing to see some of the year group involved in the entertainment for the visitors on the day. Jade Wu took part in the cultural dancing whilst Ji Woo Han once again was involved in the musical performances. Seeing the pupils modeling their national dress is also a lovely part of the day with a variety of colours and styles. 10B came out on top of the two forms regarding effort with the Italian contingent of Tommaso Carnelli and Riccardo Perone deserving special praise for their Roman Toga outfits on a rainy day!
The pupils have been continuing to work towards their Bronze Award. All pupils should now have started their skills, service and physical recreation sections. For many this is merely continuing something that they already take part in; either in CCA’s or out of school clubs. However this is also giving some of the pupils the chance to learn something new or meet new people in a different setting. I am looking forward to hearing how some of the pupils get on in the coming weeks especially those braver individuals trying out something new! In Guidance we have also been working on elements of the Award. The pupils should all now be registered and soon will be updating their progress over the last few weeks. This week 10B also had the benefit of a session with Mr Crozier on the practicalities of packing bags for an overnight hike. This will hopefully prove invaluable and ensure that bulky bags, silly footwear and cold participants are avoided on our practice hike during Project Week!
With regards to the Adventurous Journey in March it is pleasing to see that most of the year group has signed up to what I am sure will be a memorable learning experience. For those that are interested but have not paid the deposit, can you please do so immediately. I will be confirming numbers with the company leading our Journey in the coming days. For those that have paid the deposit can I remind you that a second payment of 1000RMB is due by Monday 4th December.
Project week is fast approaching and the excitement is building! Thanks to all parents for handing over passport details and other key information required. I have already sent out a packing list in advance as owning a sleeping bag and a suitable hiking bag and footwear are needed for this trip as well as the later Adventurous Journey. The service element of this trip is a real highlight and we have begun to help prepare the students for how they can best help the pupils in the school that we will visit. 10A focused on this in guidance with Mrs Procter as they developed suitable teaching techniques. From being in the lesson it was great to hear some of their interactive and fun ideas! Regarding further logistics for the trip I will be in touch again next week with more information for you.
The pupils have had the first Academic Review Evening of the Year. Whilst this was initially focusing on how they settled into their IGCSE’s it was a great opportunity to create an open dialogue with teachers, parents and pupils. It is hoped that all pupils will be able to build on any feedback they were given which can be reviewed further in the Academic Review Evenings later on in the year.
As always the Global Campus is providing lots of opportunities for the pupils to be involved. At the moment the Global Library is providing high quality books for pupils to read and review. Those that love reading can write their reviews and gain prizes for every 5 reviews they complete. This and more opportunities can be found on http://globalcampus.nae.school/.
My final point is to welcome another new arrival to Year 10. Martin Marchant has joined us from Chile. He is a strong sportsman who specialises in Rugby so I am sure he will be a useful addition for the NAIS sporting teams. Once again the pupils have made him really welcome and thanks to Riccardo Perone for being such a top buddy in Martins first two weeks.
31st October – 4th November – Project Week
14th November - No school
4th December - instalment of 1000rmb for Adventurous Journey.
In our theory lessons of IGCSE PE we have been learning about lifestyle choices and effects of different substances on the body such as nicotine in cigarettes and alcohol. However in our physical aspect of IGCSE PE we are swimming, and learning how to do tumble turns and diving off the blocks. Additionally in core PE we have been doing athletics such as sprints long distance, long and high jump, shotput and javelin. These have been fun as they in house events and in CORE PE we are combining Year 10 and Year 11 together.
For the past four weeks in economics we have been learning about the basic economic problem. However, we have just started a new chapter about different types of economies. As of now, in groups we're researching about a certain type of economy. For example, my group researched 'command economy' and after the holiday we'll present it to the whole class on Monday. Many people find economics quite interesting as it is a new subject that we haven't touched upon before.
In French we've been learning about verbs and different tenses. We looked at regular -er, -re and -ir verbs and irregular verbs. Now we are specifically focusing on reflexive verbs such as 'se lever'. How we can use those in our daily life conversations and school routines. We're also learning about adjectives; where to place them in a sentence, the difference between masculine and feminine and how you can apply them to a description you give about an object or a person. Last lesson we had to pick a teacher and write a description about them without using their name or the subject they teach. Other students had to guess which teacher it was you were describing. This gave us a better understanding of the words but it also showed how people thought about that teacher.
In the first couple of months we have gotten to know our new business teacher well. We feel comfortable about the course and now understand the basic term of business. We also feel comfortable about understanding about the value of goods and services. One interesting task that we have done was when we investigated some top business men and women of the world and linked it to our studies.