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Year 7 News - 16th December 2016

16 December 2016

Find out what's been happening in Year 7

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The Christmas festivities have certainly been underway during these last two weeks. It was a pleasure to see the senior vocal choir perform Christmas Carols at Kerry Parkside, The Ritz and the Renaissance Hotel which included Grace Shen (7B) and Lindsey Ren (7C).

Last Friday saw C-Block ground floor transformed with four Christmas trees being frantically decorated in a 10-minute slot over lunch time. Despite the best efforts of Dao students, they were beaten by a few strings of lights from the De tree. Well done to all who participated – it was a pleasure to see the Year 7’s teaming up with the older year groups to decorate their retrospective tree.

The form challenge has been ongoing all term with some fierce competition between 7A and 7B. It has been neck and neck some weeks with 7B taking over from 7A’s lead initially, but the final competition played on our different nationalities and was worth a massive 220 points. 7B who have been leading since November were pipped at the post as 7A beat them to win overall this term. Each tutee was presented with a certificate this morning and some chocolate treats for their efforts. The competition re-starts in term 2 and we hope that 7C gain some momentum this time as they were never really in this competition this term.

A huge well done to Phoebe McLuskie (7A), Grace Shen (7B) and Lilian Yearwood (7A) who will feature in Jingkids magazine’s “My Favorite Book” series. They were being photographed this morning for this article which is brilliant.

Finally, as we break up for the Christmas holidays, the students have their reports from their teachers and tutors. I am so immensely proud of my Year group who have worked really hard this term and have some amazing grades from their teachers. Well done! It’s also upsetting to see students leave us in this transient environment; we are sad to lose Forrest Yao, Ciro Verni, Chiyi Kong & Michael Schiller who leave Shanghai with their families to move to a different location. We all wish them the very best of luck for their futures.

Christmas message from the tutors

It has been an adventurous journey these last four months and it’s hard to believe that August wasn’t that long ago. In this short amount of time I have been nothing but impressed with the progress and the personal growth 7A have made. The transition from primary to secondary is a difficult task for most students and I am so proud of how each student has taken this challenge on. There have been many highlights and challenges over the term with the main one obviously being Project Week which saw the students push their limits both mentally and physically.

Here is to another exciting term a head. But more importantly goodbye to Ciro, you will be missed. 

Merry Christmas to you all.

Daf Thomas 7A Form tutor


We have had a great in first term 7B. It has been great getting to know your children, watching them grow up and seeing them make new friends and settle into the form class. Some of our highlights to date have of course been Project Week, where the children really bonded and grew in maturity and self-belief and the house events particularly the sport and this week the Christmas tree challenge. I have been very impressed with how well my form have been doing in our weekly quiz, how knowledgeable they are and how they work together as a team to get the job done. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Adrian Howell 7B Form tutor


Wow, what a term! We have certainly packed a lot into this first term. It has been wonderful getting to know 7C, what a fabulous group of students. I think for everyone in the class, Project Week will stand out as a particular highlight. Aside from visiting one of the most beautiful landscapes in China, It was amazing to witness our students in a different environment and personally challenge themselves, whether that be physically, rock climbing or teaching students at the community service project- fantastic work and fun had by all.  Project Week, also allowed 7C to bond and get to know each other a little more and as the term draws to a close, I know that we are all sad to see Chi Yi, Michael, Forrest and Marlene leave us. We will miss them very much, but wish them all the best in their moves to their new countries / schools.

Claire Cuskin 7C Form Tutor



In this newsletter, I must congratulate Karlijn Gabrielse, Jisu Kim, Kathy Liu, Forrest Yao and Chiyi Kong (all from 7C) for achieving 50 housepoints so far this term – well done everyone. And the first student to reach 100 housepoints is James Cartwright (7A) who has been presented with a silver award for his achievement. This is a fantastic achievement – well done! All students were presented with their certificates during today’s assembly.

View from the classroom

This week the students completed their session in Guidance on bullying culminating with them making a chain of hands with positive quotes from the other students in their form. This will be displayed on the Year board in C block in the new term. Our students are always kind and thoughtful to one another and the looks on their faces as they read their peer messages was lovely to see.

Mr. Thomas, 7A tutor and Head of Art, shared with me some amazing pictures that his Year 7 class has been doing. I cannot believe how talented our students are – their work always blows me away and I love to hear the teachers bragging about how fantastic Year 7 are.

Mrs. Platt who teaches 7 Set 2 Science shared some photos with me. The Year 7’s spent some time investigating alternative energy sources and applying them to countries of their choice. Students wrote as ambassadors of their countries in a persuasive manner and they really enjoyed sharing their ideas and trying to find renewable energy sources instead of non-renewable sources. What was interesting, was a discussion about China and the different energy sources that would have to be chosen, depending on the land type and population.

Mr. Howell also shared some photos whilst 7 Set 3 were investigating endo and exothermic reactions. This involves taking two reactants, the starting temperature, letting them react and then measuring the final temperature. If it rises then it’s exothermic; if it falls then it is endothermic. He also finished off with a demonstration of a highly exothermic reaction – rocket fuel.

Mr. Guiney sent me some awesome pictures of 7C in their History lessons. Following on from their excellent work on the Battle of Hastings Year 7 are currently exploring how and why castle building changed across time as part of their Medieval Realms unit. These pictures show 7C’s ‘scotch tape castle’ used to help plan their design-a-castle competition. There has been some exemplary written analysis in both 7A and 7B also and the History Department has been really impressed with the level of subject knowledge on show.

Student Reporters

These are from 7A this time, who have given us an insight into some of their lessons.

Vaishnavi Ashok – French

It has been a wonderful term of French and we ended the term with a great last lesson. We did a play about how Jesus was born and the whole thing was in French. Throughout the term we have learnt many things from eye and hair colour to describing our houses. I have enjoyed this term and I can’t wait for another new term of French. Happy Holidays!

Phoebe McLuskie – Science

Science has been an amazing subject so far this year! We have learnt about Safety in Science, Cells, Particles and Energy Resources. Some of the activities we have done in this unit that I enjoyed were energy transformation diagrams and creating sankey diagrams, but we always do lots of fun games with our learning. My favourite part was definitely when we saw a demonstration of how to generate electricity using what looked like a mini steam engine – it went so fast from just using steam. I can't wait to do some more interesting practicals.

Yoko Iida – Art

In Art this week, we started sketching unusual door knockers. We shaded to make it look 3D. We used 2D pencils because the lead is soft and it makes different tones for us to use for our sketches. The reason why we were sketching unusual door knockers is because our new topic is making the face of gargoyle and door knockers were perfect models. I like this topic because it included sketching which is my favorite. I can't wait to make the gargoyle next term.

Ben Jensen – History

In History we have been making a display for Miss Cuskin because the room has so many Geography displays but no History ones. It will help us during the next term when we start our new topic.

Pinkette Oyuchi – ICT

In ICT we have been making e-Safety presentations for children and we have been presenting them. It is very important to be safe online and on the Internet! So stay safe!!

Joshua Charnesky – DT

Most of the students have finished their chickens and now moving on to note holders. We are pretty excited to be in the workshop for the first time since transition day. For the first time we are using chisels. Good luck in the workshop.

Coming up in the next newsletter will have student reporters from 7B. We look forward to reading their highlights.

Upcoming dates are:

9th Jan – School re-opens for Term 2.

17th Jan – KS3 Academic Review Evening 5-8pm [Ms. Hughes, Mrs. Parrish & Mrs. Alderson will be unavailable this evening due to a training course in BISS Puxi]

19th Jan – KS3 Academic Review Evening 5-8pm

26th Jan – Chinese New Year Dress up day + break up for holiday

27th Jan – 3rd Feb – Iceland trip

6th Feb – School re-opens [Week A]

24th Feb – STEAM Day 2

8th Mar – 17th Mar – Secondary Assessment Cycle 2

20th Mar – School photos – more details to follow

27th Mar – 30th Mar – Into the Woods School Production – more details to follow

31st Mar – Last day of Term 2

And finally, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2017.

Paula Alderson

Year 7 Leader