Year 11 Newsletter – 16th December 2016
Year Group News
The end of a busy term!
It seems like only yesterday that I was writing my very first newsletter as Head of the current Year 11, and now I can hardly believe that we are at the end of a hugely busy but incredibly rewarding term. The Year 11s have done some amazing things this term and I am very proud of them all for their achievements. Here are some highlights of the year so far:
In August we welcomed the new member of our year group, Lily Nazarian. Lily is a delightful and conscientious student who has settled in extremely well and it is as though she has always been with us!
In September the year 11s were enthusiastic in their participation in two very different bit equally exciting events: the Space Academy Lecture by Mr Anu Ojha, the Director of the UK Space Academy, and the International Parade and Food Fair. These events really showcased the qualities that make me so proud of our students here at NAIS Pudong- their intellectual and cultural curiosity and open-mindedness.
In October the students took part in an exciting STEAM Day, not to mention the Big Draw. Year 11 very much enjoyed developing their understanding of STEAM through a specially-devised Theory of Knowledge session, as well as helping create some huge canvases using pen-and-ink drawings; the canvases can now be seen on display on the top floor of C block.
In November, of course, it was time for the most hotly-anticipated event of the year: Project Week! I was immensely proud of year 11 as they demonstrated team spirit, resilience and a caring nature whilst helping out at the Dujiangyan Panda Sanctuary in Sichuan province. Not to mention the courage that was shown by a number of students who bravely sampled the extra-spicy version of the famous Sichuan Hotpot!
In December it was great to see many of the Year 11 students with their friends and families enjoying the festive delights of the Christmas Bazaar. With gifts, food, music and activities galore, it really got us all in the mood for the holiday season.
KWHS Global Investment Competition
I am delighted to inform you that Josi Ebeling and Angela Ji have entered the KWHS Global Investment Competition, in a team with Eric Chen and Fillipo Carnelli in Year 12. This looks like a really exciting opportunity for the students to develop their knowledge of business and economics. Angela and Josi have written this about their involvement:
‘We have entered the KWHS investment competition alongside Eric and Fillipo; the competition is run by the Wharton Business School of University of Pennsylvania. The competition is based on virtual stock trading. Each team is given $100,000 to start off with to invest in 9 sectors of the economy. The winning team is judged based upon their investing strategies instead of their final amount of money after the trading times have ended. At the moment we are researching different sectors that we could potentially invest in, ready for the 2nd of January where the trading officially begins. We are very excited to be involved, and hope that we will make it further into the competition.’
Well done to Josi and Angela, Wall Street traders of the future!
As you can see, it has been a packed but productive term! However, the Year 11s, unlike many of the younger students, cannot fully relax over Christmas because they have another important event coming up. This is of course:
Mock Exams: 9th- 26th January
As you know, the Year 11s begin their mock IGCSE exams as soon as we come back to school on Monday 9th January. You will have already received a letter about the arrangements, along with your child’s exam timetable. The students have had a special assembly on Monday 5th December, run by Mr Majithia, our Exams Officer, and have been working on study skills and revision tips during Guidance sessions over the last fortnight. Please see the message below from Mr Majithis about the mocks:
We appreciate that students will need time to rest, relax and enjoy the holiday period as well as spend some time preparing effectively for their mock examinations. It can be a challenge to achieve, however, with the judicious use of a revision plan / timetable, this may help to structure time, as well as ensure that all subjects achieve the necessary amount of coverage. We have spoken to students about tackling the more difficult areas of their courses / those which they find more challenging, rather than focusing on areas that they are already comfortable with, so as to achieve more from their revision activities. In addition, being specific with what they seek to achieve in each revision block (which concepts they wish to master etc) rather than simply allocating 2-hours to a subject (for example).
Mr Parras Majithia- Exams Officer
Dates for your Diary
Monday 9th January: First day of term 2- Mocks begin
Sunday 22nd January: Chinese New Year Temple Fair
Thursday 26th January- Mocks end
Friday 27th January- Sunday 5th February- Chinese New Year Holiday
Thank you for reading and for your continuing support of year 11. May I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very happy and relaxing holiday period.
With best wishes,
Anna Whiteson, Year 11 Leader