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Letter from the Head of Primary - 21st April 2016

21 April 2016

Whilst the weather took a little downturn this week, this has certainly not prevented our students from approaching their learning tasks with determination and a cheery disposition. It was a pleasure to give out our Star of the Week certificates this morning in our assembly which really highlighted the effort that all students are putting into their topics as well as their core and specialist lessons. Our assembly today also celebrated the learning that has been taking place in Class 3B who presented their work based on their Space topic. It is a topic which has certainly enthused the students, and has been one they have applied to all areas of the curriculum. 

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We also celebrated our NAIS Debating Tigers team who came 5th in the recent Global Campus Debating Competition. Run as a CCA by Mr Finan, the students have been debating with other schools in the Nord Anglia group and narrowly missed a place in the semifinals. This was the best result a team from NAIS Pudong has ever had in the history of the Global Campus debating league and I know many of the students are keen to improve even further in future competitions. 

This week, Mr Scrymgeour and I have also been meeting each of the teachers in their year groups for our termly Pupil Progress Meetings. This is where we sit down together and analyse the progress of each and every child across the Primary school, based on the assessment data that you have also received as parents with your child’s school report. With two terms worth of data, along with lesson observations and ‘book looks’, we are able to track each child in the school and identify areas of strength and areas for development within specific aspects of different subjects. The information enables us to create support and intervention groups for students who may have certain gaps in their learning as well as identify how we can further challenge students who are meeting and exceeding their curriculum goals. At our Academic Review Evenings next week, our class teachers will be able to speak with you further about what your children will be working towards for the remainder of the school year. 

Also next week are our Primary Sports Days! We are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather will be better next week and allow us to enjoy a day of friendly competition between our four houses, Dao, De, Qi and Li. Our PE Department has been busy planning a range of activities and events for our students to participate in and we hope you will also be able to join us on Tuesday 26th April. Our Infant Sports Day will take place from 9.00am to 10.30am and Junior Sports Day from 11am to 2.40pm, with a lunch break in between. Students can come to school that morning in their PE kit, wearing their house t-shirt, a hat and not forgetting to bring a refillable water bottle.

Speaking of houses, our students in Years 1 to 6 have been taking part in ‘The Locker Challenge’ this week, where each class has been aiming to have the tidiest lockers in the year group. Our House Captains have been judging at different times of the day, but particularly after breaks and lunch when lockers can get a bit untidy. It has been a very close competition, where each member of the class has been awarded a house point if they have had the tidiest lockers in their year group. Next week, the challenge changes to… ‘The Lining-Up Challenge’ where plenty more house points will be on offer. 

I look forward to seeing you next week at both our Academic Review Evenings and Sports Days.

Lisa Passante
Head of Primary