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Year 7 News - 18 March

18 March 2016

‘Mad March’ has certainly lived up to its name in Year 7 over the past couple of weeks. There have been many fun and exciting things happening from Book Week to Beauty and the Beast to FOBISIA events.

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Last week saw the long-awaited performances from Abe Zakhem, Jeongwoo Jack Lee, Samuel Passey and Warren Gichana in Beauty and the Beast. From speaking to students, teachers, parents and other members of our wider community, the show was a clear success. People have not only commented on the high level of performances (both acting and musically) but also on the amazing set made by Mr. Mills and Mr. Thomas. Well done to everyone involved – I’m already looking forward to next year’s production!  

Monday saw the launch of ‘Book Week’ and ‘Space Week’ with many interesting Sci-Fi related costumes. Year 7 have also been focusing on their favourite books in Guidance, the importance of reading for pleasure and how this helps us in our day to day lives. There has also been an array of Space themed lessons across the school as well as visits from the UK National Space Academy, a variety of lectures and a Sci-Fi themed film night.

As you will know from the last newsletter, the FOBISIA under 13 squad members from Year 7; Samuel Passey, George Emery, Venkatram Vadlamani, Josephine Lonsdale, Madeline Lum and Ciara Wallace have been busy practising for their upcoming tournaments. On Tuesday, they flew to Hong Kong to compete and have so far won a swag of medals. Congratulations to our NAIS Pudong Tigers.

I will now leave you to enjoy the ‘Student Reporter’ section of our newsletter. This week, members of 7B share their highlights of school life over the past few weeks:

In Mathematics, we have learnt about Pythagoras’ theorem. Throughout the lesson we learned what it was and how to apply it. At first, we did some 2D simple calculations, but in the next lesson we did 3D calculation, which require two 2D calculations. In the lesson we first copied down an example of the question, and then we completed our own.

The highlight of my week was the Careers Fair, because I could find out much about the jobs and universities I am interested in. I learned what it requires to be something, like a doctor, and I could find a lot of information about what I need to do to enter that career. I also found out about the courses I need to undertake to be a doctor. I then searched some jobs that require a particular skill.

After the jobs, I researched different universities with my friend. I found some universities where they offer what I want to learn the most, where to study some subjects and where they are located.
Hyuk Harry Kim 7B

This week was very fun but I mostly enjoyed the play 'Beauty and the Beast'. I went with my four best friends on Thursday 10th March. The play lasted for about 2 hours with a 10 minute in between to get drinks and food. The play itself was amazing - it's the best play I've seen in quite a long time!  It was also very funny as well as very interesting, there was also live music which made it sound more realistic and cooler! Every person in the play knew what to do, they didn't hesitate. My favorite character in the play was Gaston, I enjoyed how he acted. Ms.Teapot and Beauty was the best at singing - well at least for me they were! Yes we came home later than usual but it was worth my time. An excellent play!!!
Antonina Manzenko 7B

The subject that I want to talk about is History. It was quite interesting, learning about all the different Emperors of the Roman Empire. We (the students) learned about emperors, such as Docletian, Caligula, and Tiberius. The information was presented in interesting ways, such as on a PowerPoint, Word Document, or a Poster. The information was unique and interesting. We were supposed to write the information we learnt on a worksheet, too, to test if we had listened or not. Plus, the teacher stopped at each of the slides/paragraphs and talked about it more, so as to give us time to understand the paragraph better.

A highlight of my week would be our Mandarin lesson, because we were learning about a Chinese writer who wrote really good descriptive writing. His work was full of adjectives, nouns, and wove a fantastic view of spring into my head. The poem was spoken by a Chinese person, who put lots of emotions and passion into the words. We also had to illustrate a picture of springtime using the words of the poem, and draw it with precision. I enjoyed it very much.
Allison Yang 7B

Upcoming dates:

17/18 March – UK National Space Academy visit
21–25 March – International Week
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)

Mrs. Charline Procter 
Year 7 Leader