Back to school!
I write this during another busy, exciting and productive week at NAIS Pudong. The students have returned with renewed vigour and enthusiasm after the Golden Week holiday and, as always, impress me with their dedication and commitment to their studies and extra-curricular activities. It was a pleasure to meet many of you this week at Academic Review Evening and to hear so many positive conversations going on between parents, students and teachers.
International Week, Parade and Food Fair
As always, the International Parade and Food Fair on Thursday 29th September was a real highlight of the year, and you can see from the attached pictures how much the year 11s enjoyed this event. It was lovely to see the students celebrating their national identity and parading in collaboration with students from many different year groups. The food fair was a wonderful experience and students piled their plates high with delicacies from all over the world. Thank you very much to those of you who contributed towards this very special event, whether financially or by preparing or giving out food on the day itself.
As part of International Week, Year 11s were asked in Guidance to create presentations about their home country to ‘advertise’ it to tourists. Special mention goes to Tina Hong in 11C, who made a spectacular poster about China which you can see in the picture attached.
I was also delighted to see many of the year 11 students taking part in the Internationalism Quiz organised by Mr Northedge on Wednesday 28th September (picture attached). This demonstrates the enthusiasm of year 11 students for school life and their desire to get involved in the community. Well done to all those who participated.
I am very excited to remind you that Project Week is approaching fast, with less than three weeks to go! Year 11 are lucky enough to be undertaking a trip to Chengdu in Sichuan Province, during which they will push themselves physically to gain confidence in their physical abilities and also to connect with nature amidst the beauty of the QingCheng Mountains. They will also take a Kungfu class to experience truly authentic Chinese action! Students will assist in caring for Pandas at the Dujiangyan Panda Research Center. They are expected to connect their volunteering experience to knowledge about how deforestation and human activity is taking away the ancient habitats of these magnificent creatures.
Although the year 11s may feel that they need to focus on their studies to the exclusion of anything else, I would like to remind them that it is also important to be a rounded individual and a global citizen. To this end, I would like to urge year 11 to get involved in Nord Anglia’s exciting Global Campus initiatives, including the Creative Writing Competition which is underway now, and to use the Global Library. Details can be found at https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/schools/shanghai/pudong/teaching-and-learning/global-campus
Dates for your Diary
- 20th-22nd Oct: ACAMIS Volleyball Tournament
- 27th-29th Oct: ACAMIS Rugby 7s and Netball
- 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