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Year 9 News - 18 March

18 March 2016

They say ‘time flies when you are having fun’ and that certainly is the case this term at NAIS Pudong. The calendar is so jam packed with fun and exciting things to do the students only have to blink and there are more opportunities awaiting them. This week I am writing the newsletter from Hong Kong were I am coaching the U13 FOBISIA sports team. Four of our Year 9 students are on the team and have been working hard to win medals. More to follow on this story.

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the school production of Beauty and the Beast and what a show it was. The auditorium was packed to the rafters with eager faces awaiting the show. There were oohhs and aaaahs, bangs and smoke and, of course, fantastic singing and dancing on stage. No one was disappointed. With a live orchestra in the pit, the audience was treated to a superb display of talent and enthusiasm from our students. Another proud moment for our school! A massive well done to all involved.

This week kicked off with a Sci-Fi themed dress-up day as we entered into Space and Book Week. There was an air of excitement on Monday’s space-themed dress-up day as students pushed the boat out with crazy and unique costumes. Our 9A tutor Miss Malcolm never disappoints us with her creative outfits. Thursday saw the much awaited arrival of the UK National Space Academy. Students have had opportunities to be involved in workshops and lectures from the experts. Students also have the opportunity to finish off the week with the special movie night tonight. A perfect way to finish up the action packed week!

There were other exciting events such as book readings and interactive workshops which kept the students learning beyond the classroom.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs J Parrish

Year 9 Leader
Student Achievements

This week, four students from Year 9 headed off to Hong Kong to represent NAIS Pudong Tigers in the U13 FOBISIA Games. Teams from Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Beijing and Shanghai came together for the games, this year hosted by Kellett School Hong Kong.
Julien Francois, Alistair Wong, Amelia Haynes and Victoria Deschamps earned a well-deserved place on the team and have worked tirelessly in training in preparation for the event. Already, after two days, the team has won many medals, and you can find the daily updates and photos on our school website.
Global Classroom
Year 9B submitted entries to the Rube Goldberg Challenge and these are being considered as the whole-school entry. Well done to 9B.
March - Be Ambitious challenge 1 winners announced
• 21st March - Visual Arts competition launched
• 21st March - Creative Writing competition winners announced
Through the classroom keyhole
History with Mr Dawson
The amazing 9C have just finished their studies on the rise of Hitler and the Nazis. They are now beginning their studies on what is perhaps the most significant and important History topic taught in Key Stage 3, the Holocaust. This module is about understanding human behaviour, not merely historical facts. Looking at the why, at what caused the greatest crime in human history. Empathising with people’s positions, and not judging or condemning one’s actions. Interpreting what made different groups of people behave the way they did. These skills and emotional understanding could not be more important in our current global political climate.
Year 9 students came together to work on their fitness using the IPAD app, ‘Sworkit.’ The students selected the exercises to suit their own needs and challenge themselves and their own fitness levels. All the students pushed themselves working to the maximum in the high intensity interval training. This form of training can suit everyone and it’s an excellent option for working out anywhere. See photos of the students working well.
Student Reporters
The roundup of the fortnight this week comes from reporters in 9B. Thank you for your contributions.
In the past few lessons, our class has started Unit 4, Number. We have also finished an assessment recently, when we went over a few of the questions and answers from the test. In class, Mrs Otula explains what we will be doing and how to do it and then she gives us questions that we do in our exercise books. In Maths we work collaboratively as a table and as a class to find the answers to the questions and to solve any difficult questions.
Victoria Deschamps

After the test we starting learning about the environment. The first thing we are learning about is to use 'because' in a sentence. I think this new topic is very fun. I already learned about using 'because' before so it isn't really hard for me. But I should also be able to expand my sentences with 'because'.
Mario Kim

For the past few lessons in geography we have been studying about globalisation and how globalised our lives are. We looked at different aspects of how airplanes, cars, television, computers and internet made our world a smaller place. We also learnt what globalisation meant and how it affects the world. I really like what we are doing right now because I think this is very enjoyable and makes me participate a lot in lessons.
Rahul Suresh

Guidance Class Report
In the past few lessons in Guidance, we have been looking at careers and what skill set is needed to start in the work field. We looked at our strengths and weakness to identify what is needed to improve, so we can start on improving our weaknesses and turn them into strengths by the time we leave university.
Valerie Lua

Recently in drama we were studying the Theatre of Cruelty; we got into two groups and made and performed a piece in the style. There were different themes the groups could choose from and my group chose Alice in Wonderland. The other available options were 'mental asylum' and 'haunted houses'. We performed our pieces to Mr. and Mrs. Bailey. Recently we have also done our second-cycle assessment which included either a written test or a test on the computer based on the skills and techniques we have been learning in class.
Hannah Scott

Dates for your diary
17/18 March – UK National Space Academy visit
21 – 25 March – International Week
24 March – International Music Evening
25 March – Term 2 reports distributed
25 March – end of Term 2 (re-opens Tuesday 5 April)