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Year 9 News - 19 February

18 February 2016

What a busy half term we have to look forward to. I hope everyone had a well deserved rest during the holidays because we are going to need a lot of energy for this term. Although there are only five weeks remaining until the next holidays, I’m not sure we could possibly squeeze anything else into our already packed school calendar. With Sci-Fi week, a visit from the UK Space Academy, the much anticipated production of Beauty and the Beast, U13 FOBISIA games to name but a few activities to see us through the next few weeks!! Students will need to put on their thinking caps to come up with costumes for Sci-Fi dress-up day. Tickets for the show are already selling out fast so don’t miss out! Training is well underway for the U13 games in Hong Kong and next week sees the beginning of our assessment cycle for this term. So much to keep the students busy on top of their learning. I hope that they enjoy everything planned.

  • 9C display their ideas
  • New student Carrie with her buddy Valerie
  • Step aerobics
  • Step aerobics
  • Improving fitness and core strength

New Student

We also welcome a new student to Year 9. Carrie is from Taiwan and her buddy Valerie and the others in the tutor group have been helping her settle in to her first week.

Global Campus

During Guidance the students have been working on the latest Global Campus Challenge. The Rube Goldberg Challenge was launched before CNY holidays. This is a whole school competition that involves inventing a machine that can run on its own for at least 1 minute (It’s like the machines in Wallace & Grommit). Students have been working in groups to come up with a machine of their own. They have impressed their tutors with their creativity and designs. Some examples are included.

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.

Assessment Cycle 2

The second assessment cycle is beginning next week.


Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Lesson 5

Lesson 6


24 February

 9B History




9A Art




25 February

 9C DT







26 February




 9B Geography






29 February

9C  History

9A Drama






9A Music



1 March

9C Drama




9B Drama

9B Art


Wednesday 2 March



9C Music

9A History 


 9B DT



3 March





9A Geography

9C Geography


4 March


9B Music

9C Art






Through the Classroom Keyhole


In Year 9 mandarin classes, students are learning stationery or ordering food in Chinese.  They watched FaceBook founder Mark Zuckerberg wish happy Lunar New Year in Chinese, and found Mark’s favorite Chinese food is roast duck (kao ya) , and the company ate Chinese food for celebrating CNY.


PE Year 9 girls have just finished fitness as an activity in lessons. They experienced a range of fitness options including step aerobics, Pilates, circuit training and core workouts. The students really enjoyed the activity and the hope is that they continue to participate in healthy active activities in their own time. (See photos attached)


Miss Ford's German class is revising the future tense, which is the final part of what they need in order to write a really good postcard text in German. This will form the basis of their upcoming assessment in February, so they have lots of chance to practice now.


Mr Dawson's class is well into their studies into Nazi Germany. The amazing and ambitious 9C are currently analysing the factors of Hitler's rise to power. This is a topic that students often study at IB level; however, I know 9C can handle it!

Dates for your diary

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

14 – 18 March – Science Fiction 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)

Have a lovely weekend.

Jo Parrish

Year 9 Leader