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Year 11 News - 18 March

18 March 2016

I can’t quite believe, as I type this, that another fortnight has already gone by since I wrote the last newsletter! As ever at this time of year, the pressure is ramping up for Year 11 as their exams are approaching fast. I would urge you, as parents, to keep communicating with your child about their revision; to ensure that they have a revision timetable in place and are sticking to it; and that they are sleeping and eating well. Please contact me immediately if you have any concerns about your child’s progress or any other issues that you would like to discuss. I am, as ever, happy to help.

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It has been a busy and exciting time recently at NAIS Pudong, both inside and outside the classroom. We have had Beauty and the Beast, Space Week, Book Week, numerous sporting fixtures and a successful Careers and University Fair. Next week is possibly the most exciting week of the year: International Week! This will be my first time and I am assured by students and staff that the Parade of Nations and the International Food Fair, along with the other events taking place, combine to make it truly special. I can’t wait and I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible! Dates and details are below.

I would like to heartily congratulate all the Year 11 students who were involved in the truly amazing production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ last week. They had been rehearsing for months, and the dedication really paid off to create a show which made me very proud to be a part of NAIS Pudong. It is testament to the enthusiasm and community spirit of Year 11 that so many of them were involved, despite their other commitments this year, and I would like to congratulate all of them individually:

Michelle, who in her role as a Villager was in a large number of scenes, often working with younger students and displaying great teamwork and performance skills.

Aurora and Gabrielle, whose poise and elegance in the dance scenes, as well as their menacing movements in the scenes where the dancers portrayed wolves, impressed me greatly.

Eunice, whose highly entertaining performance as a giggling, simpering Silly Girl made the audience roar with laughter.

Louise F and Chloe D, who shared the role of Babette with great energy and humour. Who knew that these two charming girls could portray the role of a flirt so accurately?!

Charlie, Matej and MK in the orchestra. These three young men impressed me, not only with their cello and violin skills, but with their patience and commitment as they played almost continuously during the two-and-a-half-hour show.

Special congratulations must go to Frances and Nicola, whose roles as Assistant Directors meant that they needed to attend pretty much every single rehearsal. A massive well done to them for their talent in directing, their patience in dealing with the younger students and their cheerful attitude throughout.

I would also like to pass on my congratulations to the amazing Year 11 tutors, who gave up so much of their own time to help with the production: Mrs Platt, who ably assisted with make-up and costume (helped less ably but equally enthusiastically by me!); Mr Groark, who filmed the dress rehearsal and each night of the production and is currently working his socks off to create a DVD of the show; and Mr Mills, who designed and built the set. Thank you to the hard-working Year 11 team!

Lastly, to wish you a happy and healthy Easter holidays. Now let’s find out what is going on in the classroom…

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Of course, as it is Space Week, in Physics Year 11 have been focusing closely on the topic of Space in their revision. Revision activities have also been going on in Biology, described by Beatriz Boneu as ‘fun and useful, because we were able to use teamwork skills to help us with our learning.’ In Chemistry, the students did an experiment using titration, which Jule Scholten and Shreya Khot thought was ‘difficult but really interesting.’

In PE this week, the students have learnt a new game: softball. Olivia Gill described this as ‘fun because it was something we had never done before, so it was a challenge learning the rules, but we really enjoyed it and would like to play it again in the future.’

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Kavish Chauhan says: ‘The DT students have been working hard to complete their final product, which is due to be finished next week. It’s been a lot of work but we will be proud of our final result.’

Mrs Mills’ class has been preparing for their Second Language English paper, completing exam practice and improving their key language skills. MK Han says ‘I have really enjoyed doing these practice papers as it is really useful to help me with my revision.’ Arseniy Korolkov would also like to thank Mrs Mills for helping him with speaking practice through ‘a really interesting and long conversation on politics, terrorism and world peace.’ That really does sound interesting, Arseniy!

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Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
21st March - Visual Arts competition launched
21st March - Creative Writing competition winners announced

Dates for your Diary

21 – 25 March – International Week (Including food fair and parade on Wednesday 23rd)

24 March – International Music Evening

25 March - Tanzania trip departs (year 12)

25 March – Term 2 reports distributed

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

Ms A Jeffrey

Year 11 Leader