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Year 8 News - 19 February

18 February 2016

A big welcome back to everyone and a Happy Chinese New Year! With five weeks left until the Easter holidays, the calendar is jam packed with events and activities. There is book week, International week, U13 FOBISIA Games, two Academic Review Evenings, Beauty and the Beast school performance, UK National Space Academy visit, as well as assessment weeks and reports! Term 2 is choc-a-block and I am sure that everyone is excited at getting busy and enjoying the weeks to come. 

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Year 8 Beauty and the Beast

It’s the show we’ve all been waiting for. This year’s annual production of the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast, will feature our own talented students in the much loved roles of Gaston, Belle and, of course, the Beast, with a full cast of some 60 students, including our very own Tinah, Isabella, Colin, Emma, Eli, Michaela, Ida, Zuzana and Mia from Year 8!

Beauty and the Beast will run over four nights, from Tuesday 8th March until Friday 11th March, with a special opening night red carpet event. Tickets are still available from school main reception.

The Global Challenge –  Rube Goldberg

The 2016 Global Challenge focuses on Steam - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. This year the Global Challenge involves your whole school collaborating and working together to create the biggest, most exciting and inventive Rube Goldberg machine that Nord Anglia Education has ever seen! Students across the school have been collaborating to design their own Rube Goldberg machines. Check out some of the pictures to see Year 8 working together on the project during guidance lessons.

Upcoming Events & Dates

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

29 Feb - Academic Review Evening Years 7,8,9, surnames N – Z,  5 – 8pm

3 March - Academic Review Evening Years 7,8,9, surnames A - M,  5 – 8pm

8 – 11 March – Beauty and the Beast performances each evening

10 March – Careers Fair

14 – 18 March – Book Week

15 – 19 March – U13 FOBISIA Games – Hong Kong

17/18 March – UK National Space Academy visit

18 – 20 March – ACAMIS Swimming – Suzhou

21 – 25 March – International Week

23 March - International Food Fair and Parade of Nations

24 March – International Music Evening

25 March – Term 2 reports distributed

25 March – end of Term 2 (re-opens Tuesday 5 April)

Summer Performing Arts Camp with Juilliard

Applications are now open for the 2016 Summer Performing Arts Summer Programme with Juilliard.  The programme, taking place from July 9-22 at our Nord Anglia Education school in Geneva, is a unique opportunity for children to enjoy one-to-one sessions along with group lessons with Juilliard artists and guests.  For more details and to register interest click here.

Lesson Updates & General


Students will be creating their own animations in Flash to reflect and consolidate the skills they have learnt so far.


Students will be researching Design Movements this week to gain inspiration for their pewter cast pendant. Over the coming weeks they will learn how to cast pewter and learn the properties of a variety of metals.


Yukiko Jauffret and Ceon Park scored 98% in a recent impromptus reading comprehension exercise, showing that they have been putting a lot of effort in learning the vocabulary and structure. Well done!


In Geography Y8 students are finishing off their unit on coasts ready for the assessments. 8B have been experimenting with using their iPads for a piece of work on the Holderness coasts with some students creating educational videos and others using book creator in order to make books which can be read on ibooks. They have had great results.

Year 8 History have just begun their studies on slavery. Recently we have been looking at the triangular slave trade and students wrote an empathetic account of a slave's journey on the middle passage.


In Mandarin, students are finishing their final video about the introduction of our school.


Now that all Year 8 have come to the end of their unit on film studies, they will be looking closely at short stories this half term.


Year 8 have been looking at the ways we classify different organisms and have observed pond water to identify different microscopic plants and animals.


Year 8 girls have just finished their fitness block of work and will be moving onto Touch Rugby and Badminton/Table Tennis. Boys have finished their rugby block and will be moving onto Fitness and Volleyball.

Assessment Cycle

Below is the timetable for the next assessment cycle which will begin on Wednesday 24th February.  Students are aware of this and should be ensuring that they know what work they need to revise, through communication with their subject teachers.

Mr Craig Northedge

Year 8 Leader


Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Lesson 5

Lesson 6


24 February


8A Music


 8B DT




25 February






8C Music


26 February


8B History







8B Music


29 February


8C History

8B Drama

8A History





8A Drama


1 March





8B Geography

8C Geography


Wednesday 2 March



8C Art

8A Art




3 March



8C Drama

8A Geography

8B Art





4 March