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Year 11 News - 4 March

03 March 2016

It has been another busy fortnight for Year 11, as they continue to work hard in preparation for their IGCSEs. A varied programme of support is available for the students here at NAIS Pudong, with after-school and weekend revision classes up and running to help students achieve their best. We have also put in place a mentoring programme. Students who have been identified as needing extra support, or those who perhaps are feeling a little anxious about their studies or their upcoming exams, are being given the opportunity to meet with a teacher mentor every two weeks to discuss their progress.  I am sure it will be very beneficial for the students involved. If your child does not currently have a mentor, but feels that they would benefit from being part of this scheme, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will organise it.

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The other big event of the week was a very successful assembly on the topic of ‘Relationships’, run by 11B. The students presented it twice consecutively, once to Year 11 and once to Year 10. They worked really well together to divide this very broad topic into sections: Domestic Abuse, which was presented by Michelle, AhRa and Yena; Peer Pressure, which was presented by Efe, Paul L and Matej; and Teen Pregnancy, which was presented by Gauthier, Paul B and Joaquin. Special thanks go to Olivia, who coordinated and organized the whole assembly and introduced the overall theme of the need for respect in relationships which was the overarching message of the assembly as a whole. I would also like to thank Jule in 11C, who provided technical support throughout the assembly. Thank you to 11B for an interesting and thought-provoking assembly.

Sodexo Lunch Card

As you know, in order for the students to purchase food in the Hub they must use a lunch card. It is essential that students use the correct system for purchasing food. Cash top-ups to the card can be made at the payment counter in the Hub. Students then hand their card to the Sodexo staff at the till to buy their food. They should hand in their card not state their card number. Please could you support the school system by ensuring that every student has their own card available for use.

Beauty and the Beast

I am sure that, like me, you are looking forward to seeing the school production of Beauty and the Beast next week, which takes place from Tuesday 8th to Friday 11th March. Well done to the Year 11 students juggling their studies with intensive rehearsals for this: Louise, Chloe D, Fernanda and Aurora on the stage; MK, Matej and Charlie in the orchestra and Frances and Nicola as assistant directors. A full report will follow in the next newsletter. Break a leg!

Careers Fair

I would like to take this opportunity to urge you and your children to attend the NAIS Pudong Careers Fair on Thursday 10th March from 3.15-5.30pm. Students will have the opportunity to find out about university courses and careers in the fields of their choice; a vast number of universities will be represented at the event, along with professionals from a number of different employment sectors. I look forward to seeing you all there!

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The Year 11 Business IGCSE class has been learning about balance sheets, using case studies to provide real-life examples; the students have greatly enjoyed learning about this highly practical aspect of running a business.

Computer Science

Students have been learning about how to use logic gates to create different outcomes in a digital circuit. They have learnt about how these are used in computer systems in industry.


In Biology, students have been using their iPads to make a video about an ecosystem, incorporating the human life cycle and our place as humans in the food chain.


The Year 11 French class has been discussing the dangers of smoking, drinking and drug abuse. They undertook a debate in French about whether smoking was a good or a bad thing (with an obvious and overwhelming consensus!)


Students in Miss Jeffery’s class completed their revision of ‘All My Sons’ with a lesson on Greek tragedy, learning such advanced key terms as ‘hamartia’ (the fatal flaw) and ‘peripeteia’(the reversal of fortune). They then applied these key terms to situations in everyday life.


Year 11 German students completed the topic 'die Umwelt' and are now deciding which topic to use for their speaking exam presentation in April. Miss Ford is looking forward to hearing their choices!

Dates for your diary

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

10 March – Careers and University Fair

14 – 18 March – Book Week

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)

Anna Jeffery

Year 11 Leader